Timeline of Events

November, 2003 India and Pakistan declare ceasefire along the LoC and lay ground for initiation of peace process
September, 2004 Foreign Minister Natwar Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri met in New Delhi. A total set of 72 CBMs were suggested in various areas by India, which included cross-LoC trade and travel
September, 2004 Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meet in New York and agree that “confidence building measures (CBMs) of all categories under discussion between the two governments should be implemented keeping in mind practical possibilities.”
December, 2004 India’s Foreign Secretary Shyam Sharan, announced that given the humanitarian issues affecting the people on both sides of the LoC, India has put forward “a proposal for meeting of families in Kashmir at five places, designated days and periods of time, under joint security arrangements.” The proposed places were Mendhar, Poonch, Suchetgarh, Uri, and Tangdhar along the Neelam Valley
February, 2005 The modalities of cross-LoC travel are finalized
April, 2005 Srinagar-Muzzafarabad Bus Service inaugurated by then Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
June, 2005 Poonch-Rawalakote Bus Service inaugurated
September, 2006 Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agree to further strengthen relations along the LoC
May, 2008 The Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan met on May 21, and agreed to increase the frequency of Srinagar- Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakote bus services and allow intra-Kashmir trade and truck services
July, 2008 The JWG on cross-LoC CBMs met in Islamabad with the following agenda:

  • To simplify the procedure for issuing cross-LoC travel permits
  • To increase the frequency of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service
  • To launch a postal service between the two cities

To discuss the list of items to be allowed for trade through the truck service.

September, 2008 The modalities regarding the movement of trucks, code of conduct for the drivers, permits, security, timings and list of items to be traded were agreed upon between India and Pakistan to conduct cross-LoC trade
October, 2008 Cross-LoC trade- the second CBM between India and Pakistan – commenced on October 21, 2008 in two districts, Uri – Muzaffarabad through Kashmir, and Poonch – Rawalkot through Jammu.