In view of the mounting tension following continued terror attacks by Pakistan backed terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, the cross-LoC bus service between India and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) from Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch has been suspended till further orders. The LoC trade between the two sides has been suspended too.

The LoC bus was to move between Poonch’s Chakan-Da-Bagh and PoK’s Rawlakote on Monday, said an officer, adding that the service had been suspended till further orders.

Similarly, he said, the cross-LoC trade scheduled on Tuesday and Friday this week had also been suspended till further orders.

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Pakistan troops have been targeting the civilian areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts along the Line of Control.

These facilities were introduced during the previous NDA and UPA regimes as confidence building measure but pressure was now being mounted to discontinue the trade and bus service as Pakistan has been misusing these services to smuggle narcotics and arms and ammunition into India.

Meanwhile, the Jammu District Magistrate relaxed curfew in the areas falling under the police stations of Gandhi Nagar (except Police Post Nehru Park and Digiana), Channi Himmat, Sainik Colony, Trikuta Nagar and Satwari (except Police Posts of Belicharana and Gadighat) from 2 pm to 5 pm.

“However, restrictions remained in place in these areas under Section-144 on public gatherings,” said the DM.