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Kashmir bus: Sonia to inspect LoC

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | March 19, 2005 20:33 IST

Congress president and chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, Sonia Gandhi, will be visiting the Line of Control in Uri sector on March 29 to see the construction of the road linking Srinagar and Muzaffarbad.

Bus service between Srinagar and Pakistan occupied Kashmir's capital Muzaffarbad starts on April 7 and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would flag it of.

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Talking to, People's Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said that the details of the visit were still being worked out.

"Sonia will be visiting Uri on March 29 and would see for herself the arrangements that are being made for the first bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarbad," Mehbooba said.

Mehbooba maintains that the start of bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad is just one of the many milestones to be achieved.

She criticised the Bhartiya Janata Party, which objected to allowing All Party Hurriyat Conference leaders traveling by the bus.

"I don't know why the BJP should indulge in petty politics like this. If the Hurriyat people want to travel, then they should be allowed because they too are Kashmiris," she said.

She clarified that at the moment she had no plans to travel by the first bus to Muazffarabad. "This is a big event and I am busy making arrangements for the media and other important persons who would be present on the LoC to capture the event," she added.

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