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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 April 2005, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
In pictures: Kashmir bus

Passengers on the first cross-Kashmir bus service in nearly 60 years have crossed the Line of Control that divides the region. In Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, people send off the bus to Srinagar.

Crowds in Muzaffarabad

The crowds in Muzaffarabad were warm and enthusiastic.

Enthusiastic passengers waved to the crowds before the journey began

Passengers waved to the crowds before the journey to Srinagar began.

Srinagar bus send off

There was also a colourful send off to the bus in Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir.

A Srinagar residents watches the bus leaving his city for Muzaffarabad.

A Srinagar resident watches the bus leaving his city for Muzaffarabad. Nineteen passengers are on the bus, visiting separated family members in the Pakistani sector.

Indian-administered Kashmir

In Indian-administered Kashmir, there was heavy security along the route, following threats by militants to disrupt the service.

Line of Control, Pakistan-administered Kashmir

The bus from Muzaffarabad was the first to arrive at the Line of Control as excitement mounted...

Line of Control reception

...then the passengers from Indian-controlled Kashmir crossed to a warm reception from Pakistani officials.

Joy in Srinagar as a passenger from Muzaffarabad is greeted by a relative.

Joy in Srinagar as a passenger from Muzaffarabad is greeted by a relative.




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