From KO Archives | War Of A Different Kind Breaks Out On LoC

KAMAN POST, (LOC) -India and Pakistan for a change engaged in a different game other than cricket on Thursday when the passengers from both the parts of divided Kashmir crossed sides at the Aman Sethu (Peace Bridge) here.

Besides  the 49 passengers from – 19 from India and 30 km Pakistani part of Kashmir- a large number of media persons gathered from across the globe, leaders of some political parties and of course the soldiers saw the two countries  lock horns -in a poster and banner battle.

"Pakistan se rishta kya...la-ilaha-il-Allah" read a huge hoarding erected just

across LoC “Mazhab nahin Sikahat Aapas Mein Bair Rakhna”  countered a banner from India. Then there was one from j Pakistan which read. "We welcome our Kashmiri brethren”. “Every Step on April 7 will strengthen the bonds between India and Pakistan,” was the Indian reply.

However Pakistan gave| an edge over India in display of' flags. While the tri-colour was not at all seen at the last Indian military outpost, the green and white dominated the entire area: across the border. Hundreds of' Pakistani and ‘Azad Kashmiri flags were seen on the other side.

The other count where Pakistanis seem to have scored over India was the errection of a signboard indicating direction and distance to various cities. While the Indian sign showed the distance to Srinagar. the Pakistani one indicated direction to Islamabad, Tehran and Makkah.

The Jammu and Kashmir government presented a memento to the passengers on board the "karvaan-e-aman (Caravan of Peace)" from India and also to those from Muzaffarabad. ‘The wooden memento had carvings of two Kashmiris embracing each other. Bouquets were also presented to them.

(Kashmir Observer, 09 April, 2005)

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