Srinagar: Amid heightening tensions between India and Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC), the latter has suspended the Poonch-Rawalakot bus service.
No official reason has been given by Pakistan for suspending the bus service but the decision comes in the wake of increasing hostility between the troops of two nations along the Line of Control.
The tensions mainly grew after a raid by Pakistani troops in which they killed and severed the heads of two Indian soldiers. One of the severed heads was not found and Indian Army suspects the Pakistani troops took it away.
Exchange of fire has also increased along the LoC on the Mendhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district where the gruesome act took place.
Launched in June 2006, the Poonch-Rawalakot bus service was the second such service between the two countries which was much welcomed by Kashmiris on either side of the LoC.
A bus service connecting Srinagar and Muzaffarabad was launched in 2005.
Bus services had been the most visible achievements of a hesitant peace process between India and Pakistan.
First Published: Friday, January 11, 2013, 13:02