Jammu: As many as 9,454 residents of Pakistan
occupied Kashmir (PoK) visited their relatives in Jammu and
Kashmir over the last five years after obtaining permission
from the authorities, the State government said on Tuesday.
Replying to the question of Mohammad Yusuf Taing in the
Legislative Council during the Question Hour, Minister for
Industries and Commerce Surjit Singh Slathia said in the last
five years, 9,454 PoK residents visited "our side of Line of
Control under the permit system till February 24, 2011".
Cross-border travel under the LoC permit system was
started on April 7, 2005, he said.
"The permit system is already running in an easy way and
recently triple entry permit system for senior citizens has
also been introduced to make it easier", he told the House.
Along the LoC, there are two entry points, Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch district and Kaman-Salamabad area in
Baramulla district of the Kashmir Valley, from where people
from the two sides cross the border to meet and stay with
their relatives on either side of the LoC.