Peace bus to Pakistan crosses border, but sans passengers

April 3rd, 2009 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Amritsar, April 3 (IANS) Pakistani security authorities Friday allowed the Amritsar-Lahore-Nankana Sahib peace bus between the two countries to enter its territory, but the bus did not have any passengers.
Border Security Force (BSF) officials at the Attari border, 30 km from here, said that the bus was allowed to cross the international border gates with only its crew on board.

“The crew will be lodged in a hotel near the border on the Pakistani side as the bus had no passengers today. The Pakistani security is taking no chances with the buses between both countries as these can be easily identified and targeted by terrorists,” a BSF official said.

The Delhi-Lahore peace bus, however, was Friday allowed to cross the border gates and proceed to Lahore. This bus, carrying a few passengers, is owned by Pakistan.

Following last week’s terror attack on a police training centre at Manawan near Lahore, just over 10 km from the Attari border, Pakistani authorities had this week not allowed one of the peace buses to Lahore to cross into its territory due to security reasons.

Passengers on the bus were made to alight at the border gates and they boarded vehicles arranged by Pakistani authorities for their onward journey to Lahore.

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