Shredding Barriers of LOC: Three Entry Permits Approved by India and Pakistan

The governments of India and Pakistan have agreed to promote comfort travel between the two disputed parts of Jammu and Kashmir. Both the governments have given their nod to triple entry permits for Kashmiri families to travel through the Line of Control (LoC).

“A decision has been taken by both governments and we have obtained permission for this by taking up the matter with the foreign office,” Director General Cross LoC Trade and Travel Authority (TATA) Brigadier (Retd.) Muhammad Ismail said on Wednesday.

A triple entry permit will let the people of both the countries totravel three times in a year to either part of Kashmir through Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot bus services.The triple entry permit will be legal for crossing points established in Neelum Valley and TetapaniKotli.

This three entry permit will eventually help in easing the norms for travelling from Pakistan to India and vice versa, as the applicants do not need to visit offices every time they plan to travel across the border, nor they have to followthe procedure for travel every time. Since April 2005, 9,206 Kashmiris have traveled from Azad Kashmir to Indian Kashmir, while 6,205 people have visited Azad Kashmir from Indian Kashmir.

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