Islamabad/Chilas: The convoy system for passenger busses has been ended. Now the passenger buses will not have to wait for several hours on the KKH to be escorted by security personnel.
The convoy system had been introduced four years back after terrorists attacked passenger busses and killed male members after identifying their sects.
After the incidents, the governments of KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan barred passenger vehicles from traveling on the KKH, except when they are accompanied by security/police personnel. The passenger vehicles used to gather near Besham and then move together under police protection across the Kohistan area of KPK. The wait for vehicles and relatively slow movement of the busses was a cause of discomfort and delays for the passengers. The journey of 14 hours generally took more than 20 hours, irking the passengers and inviting their wrath.
The decision to finish the convoy system had been made during the meeting of Apex committee held last month in Peshawar. It was also decided that more robust measures will be put in place to ensure security along the kKH.
It has been learnt that ten more vehicles have been provided to the Kohistan Police, and they have been deputed to petrol the road 24 hours a day.
With inputs by Mujeebur Rehman
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