People express disgust at Pak authorities for delay in clearing travel papers

March 19th, 2009 - 10:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir), Mar 19 (ANI): People residing in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has expressed their disgust at Pakistani authorities for long delays in clearing travel papers and allied permits.
Eighty-three people crossed the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday. Among them only two went to PoK from Indian side while 41 came to India.
All the travellers had complaint against the Pakistan Government for late verification of papers for crossing the LoC.
I submitted my form two years back and got it verified now. I had nine people along with me but only I could return back. These verification works should be done within 15 days to one month otherwise it gets very late for those who have been left behind, said Gulzar Bibi.
The travellers also complained that even in emergent situations the verification is not done in time.
We had to wait for a long period. My uncles health is deteriorating and I wanted to be with him on his last days. Sometimes people die while waiting for their loved ones.
Therefore I appeal to both Indian and Pakistans government to make this procedure easier where we can visit and leave within eight days, said Mohammad Rafiq, a resident of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).
In response to these complaints the Divisional Commissioner of Rawalkot, Shouket Majid said that the procedure was being made easier now.
It takes some time for the verification of the documents as it passes through eight agencies. Secondly the procedure is becoming much easier now. I would like to say that if one has such trivial complaints then it should not be generalized, Majid said.
Launched in June 2006, Poonch-Rawalakot is the second bus service between the two neighbouring countries.
The transport link has made it possible for members of the divided families of Kashmir to meet each other after decades. (ANI)

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