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Bus route to link Birmingham and Pak-controlled Kashmir

2012-09-25 01:35:09 GMT2012-09-25 09:35:09(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A new 4,000-mile bus route has been planned to take passengers from Birmingham of the Unitd Kingdom to the city of Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the Daily Mirror reported.

The bus will pass through seven countries, including Turkey and Iran, before finally reaching Mrpur, also known as Little Birmingham.

The bus service, the report says, will be good news for the world's largest number of Kashmiris staying in Birmingham.

Birmingham is home to the world’s largest population of Kashmiri expatriates, many having emigrated from Mirpur in the 1960s after being displaced by the building of a dam.

Tickets for the 12-day trip are expected to cost £130, a saving of around £450 on the average air fare.

The Mirpur region’s transport chief Tahir Khokher says he hoped the service would strengthen ties and tourism between the two cities.

“We are proposing to run four luxury buses once a fortnight,” he said. “The Kashmir government will also set up a swift counter system to hasten the visa process for those who don’t have a British passport.”

Mohammed Nazam, a city councillor, said earlier generations often made the trip from Britain to Pakistan by road. “In the 1970s and 1980s people would drive a van from the UK to Kashmir and it would take about 10 or 12 days of hard driving, day and night,” he said.

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