Pakistan, India to resume bus service today

Monday, January 28th, 2013 12:48:50 by

Amid all the rhetoric that ensued firing incidents at the loc, sense seems to have begun prevailing on both sides.


Cross-border travel and trade services between India and Pakistan resume from Poonch today. Media reports quoting Indians officials said both services were suspended after the recent escalation in tensions between the two countries along the line of control.


The reports said stranded passengers will be given priority. over a 100 people are stranded on both sides of the loc and waiting for their return to homes.


The bus service will immediately help move over a 100 people who are struck on both sides of the LoC and waiting for their return to homes.


The recent tension started after the firing incidents of Indian troops on Pakistan army on the line of control in Kashmir in the mid of this month in which three Pakistani soldiers lost their lives.


The posturing over the twin incidents at line of control by India and Pakistan has continued unabated despite the occasional reassuring statements.


India has been by far the more aggressive party, with the government preventing Pakistani officials from attending the Jaipur literature festival and public opinion in the country becoming so anti-Pakistan that nine Pakistani hockey players had to be withdrawn from the inaugural hockey India league and a long-planned move to allow visas on arrival to senior Pakistani citizens was postponed indefinitely.


The loc issue is still not close to being resolved with both sides maintaining different versions of what happened and India intractably opposed to allowing the UN to settle the matter.


The Indian media, too, has gone into overdrive with anti-Pakistan sentiment. In such an atmosphere of mutual anger and mistrust, the chances of taking the peace process forward seem minimal.


Given these tensions, Indian president Pranab Mukherjee said in his republic day speech, that India is ready to extend the hand of friendship to Pakistan, comes as a welcome change in tone.


On the other hand, foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar had suggested holding ministerial level talks to defuse the tension between the neighbors.


The question arise that the increase in people-to-people contact could bring both the nuclear states on the table of dialogue to solve their problems in future as it believes that people-to-people contact has been one of the main engines of progress in peace talks in recent years.

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