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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.

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