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Backpackers and hardened travelers have been looking forward to being among the first to ride all the way through, and despite security concerns and permits involved, we hope this one actually launches.

Plans for a bus service between Birmingham and Pakistan have been delayed because of problems over transit permits. The 4,000-mile (6,400km) route to Mirpur runs through Iran, Turkey and near the Afghan border.Tickets for the 12-day journey are expected to cost £130 each.

The service is being set up by the Tahir Khokher, transport minister for Pakistan-administered Kashmir…he said details about when the service should be running will be announced in three to four weeks.

Related: UK proposes bus route that spans seven countries from Birmingham to Pakistan

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