Pak denies entry to cross-LOC bus

POONCH; Pakistani authorities Monday denied entry to the weekly Poonch-Rawlakote peace bus service along the Line of Control at Chakkan-da-Bagh in Poonch in the midst of a continuing stand-off over trade and travel links.

“Authorities in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir this afternoon refused to allow the bus from India to enter their side, thereby continuing the deadlock over the cross-LoC trade and the peace bus service in Jammu and Kashmir,” official sources said here.

“There was no response from PoK side when the bus reached near the gate at Chakkan-da-Bagh,” Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Shahid Ahmad Khan told a news agency.

Khan said that some people even contacted him over the issue but there was no confirmation, from the other side.

“At least 17 passengers including 14 PoK returnees and three fresh Indian citizens boarded the bus but they were refused entry by the PoK authorities,” the DC said.

He added that the passengers have been asked to remain in touch with the officials on this side regarding the matter.

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