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India, Pakistan Resume Trans-Kashmir Bus Service


India and Pakistan have resumed a trans-Kashmir bus service after nearly 60 years, in a move seen as a key part of the ongoing peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals.

A bus from Muzaffarabad in Pakistani Kashmir Thursday took passengers to a bridge that straddles the military line-of-control dividing the Himalayan region.

Travelers then walked across the bridge to continue the journey by another bus to Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir.

Two buses from Srinagar with passengers bound for Muzaffarabad are to arrive at the same checkpoint later today.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ceremonially sent off the buses from Srinagar, calling them the caravan of peace.

Tight security has been put in place along the entire 170-kilometer route as Islamic militants have vowed to attack the buses making the trip.

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