A new bus line began operating today in war-torn Kashmir, linking the India-controlled area with Pakistan. The 19 passengers aboard the bus were the
first to be taken across the border via a civilian transport link in 60 years. The 105 mile route from Srinagar to Muzaffraba was heavily guarded by
troops due to terrorist threats on the bus.
New Delhi, India, Apr. 7 (UPI) -- Despite a threat by the Islamic rebels to disrupt the cross-Kashmir bus, the inaugural transportation service to
link the two sides of Himalayan region was welcomed with flower petals on Thursday.
Instead of the bullets, rose petals were showered on the passengers as they crossed over the Line of Control into Pakistan.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged off the bus at Srinagar, marking a new chapter in the peace process between India and Pakistan. The bus
carrying 19 passengers was the first transportation link between the two sides of Kashmir in 60 years.
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This is great news. The India-Pakistan situation is very dangerous to world stability. Anything that signals better relations between these
nuclear-armed rivals is surely a good thing.
Well it's not a completely direct result of Bush's war movement, but Bush has been encouraging change in the middle-east now for a while. It just
seems like things are finally starting to change. Plus yeah, the U.S. has been involved in this for a while now too.
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