54 PAK residents cross over Chakkan Da Bagh

Anubhav Misri. Dated: 11/14/2017 12:33:07 PM

POONCH, Nov 13: A Pakistani SIM was seized from a resident of Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK), who arrived here to meet his relatives at Laniote village of Rajouri district as a total of 54 PAK residents travelling in a cross LoC bus reached here through Chakkan Da Bagh on Monday.
Official sources said these 54 passengers did not include any Indian national. “Neither any Indian national crossed over nor any Indian citizen returned to this side from PAK. All 54 passengers, who reached here from PAK, were fresh arrivals who came here to meet their relatives living in different parts of J&K and no Indian national returned back from PAK,” they said.
They said that alert security sleuths recovered a Pak SIM from a PAK resident identified as Mohammed Sadiq son of Mohammed Din, a resident of PAK, who arrived here to meet his sibling Abdul Rashid, son of Mohammed Din, resident of Lanjiote in Rajouri.
Official sources said, “Alert security personnel immediately seized the SIM recovered from PAK resident and handed it over to Police Station Poonch. During investigation PAK resident said that he did not know that Pakistani SIM was banned in Indian side of J&K.”
Sources, however, said, “The PAK guest had hid the SIM inside his pants but alert security personnel found it and seized it. Though the police officials allowed him to meet his sibling residing in Rajouri district yet started investigation in that case.”
The bus service had on November 6 resumed operations after remaining suspended for nearly four months owing to heavy shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Poonch district.
The bus service was suspended on July 10 after heavy shelling by Pakistan which also forced suspension of the trade which usually takes place for four days a week beginning Tuesday.
The trade also resumed between the two sides last week following a meeting between senior civil officials from Poonch and PAK near on November 3.
The bus service was started along the Srinagar- Muzaffarabad road in April 2005 and the Poonch-Rawalakot route on June 20, 2006 to facilitate trade and travel between Jammu and Kashmir and PAK.
The trade between the two parts of Kashmir started in October 2008 on the barter system.



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