Several Families Across LoC Join For Eid Celebration

Srinagar - More than six decades after their separation in the wake of India’s partition in 1947, reunion of several families on either side of the Line of Control takes place for a while this time around to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha together.

Seven Kashmiris from Pakistan-administered Kashmir and 26 from this part of the state will celebrate Eid-ul-Azha together with their relatives on either side of the LoC. They had been separated in 1947 after India’s partition.

Official sources said 51 Kashmiris from this side of Jammu and Kashmir, half of them women, who had crossed over to the other side to meet with their relatives there came back to celebrate the festival with their families on October 27.

Sources said seven Pak-administered Kashmir residents, including two women, crossed the Aman Setu (peace bridge) at Kaman post, the last Indian post on the LoC in Uri sector to celebrate the festival with their relatives on this side of the man-made line dividing thousands of families.

At the same time, 26 Kashmiris, including nine women and seven children, crossed to the   other side of the LoC to meet and celebrate the festival with their relatives, separated in 1947. They said 47 PaK residents, included 14 women and seven children, who had come here in the previous buses, returned to their home after completing their stay in Kashmir. The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service known as Karvan-e-Aman and flagged off by prime minister, Manmohan Singh, and UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, in presence of several union and state ministers and others on April 7, 2005 as a confidence building measure agreed upon by the governments of India and Pakistan, has enabled thousands of families divided in 1947 to meet each other. (Agencies)

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