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September 27, 2012

Security concern over Birmingham to Kashmir bus route

     London: A British lawmaker has raised fears over the security of a 4,000-mile trip that will take passengers from Birmingham to Kashmir via the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. It was revealed that Mirpur in Jammu and Kashmir would now be directly linked by road with the United Kingdom through a direct bus service, which will pass through seven countries, including Iran , before finally reaching its destination, also known as 'Little Birmingham'. Birmingham 's Transport Minister Tahir Khokher, however, raised fears around security for the trip, which visits cities that have reportedly become hotbeds of terrorism, the Daily Mail reports. Khokher said the intercontinental route would span seven countries and include stop-overs in the troubled cities of Quetta , near the Afghan border, and Iranian capital Tehran . According to the paper, there are concerns that the route could transport terrorists from Birmingham to Pakistan . The long distance plans were welcomed by Birmingham Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, whose family originates from Mirpur. But he warned that the Pakistan Government would need to give assurances that security would be tightly controlled and strict border checks would have to be in place for the journey to be safe and successful.
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