Authorities in Birmingham have unveiled plans for a new 4000-mile bus service from the City to Kashmir, according to the Daily Mirror.
The new service will travel through 7 countries and take 12 days to reach Mirpur at the foot of the Himalayas with passengers being charged £130 per ticket.
The news has been welcomed by members of the Diaspora in Birmingham, which is home to the world’s largest population of Kashmiri expatriates.
The city’s Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, whose family originate from Mirpur, told the Mirror: “It’s a great idea that will bring the two cities closer together.
“I’m sure the service will prove very popular, especially with average air fares to Pakistan being about £600.”
However, security concerns have been raised about the route, which will stop over at Quetta.
It’s said that top Taliban commanders are hiding in the volatile city, near the Afghan border.
But the region’s Transport Minister Tahir Khokher said: “I don’t feel that security will be a problem. Barring one or two instances in Quetta, the overall situation is good-to-go.
“We are proposing to run four luxury buses once a fortnight. It will be a thrilling ride with particular arrangements for sightseeing, camping and restaurant visits.”
Kashmir has seen a revival in fortunes recently.
With a decades-long insurgency on the wane, the region has seen a boom in tourism with people from around the world flocking to take in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.
– Prins Deutermeyer
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