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Coy Pak stalls Indian relief in PoK
October 25, 2005 22:08 IST
India on Tuesday said relief camps at three places along the Line of Control for quake-hit people of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir could not be made operational because of want of 'concurrence' from Islamabad as yet.
"As per my knowledge, the camps have not become operational because...we are waiting for concurrence from the Pakistani side," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters.
India had on Saturday proposed setting up relief camps by Tuesday for quake-hit victims of PoK at three places-- Teetwal, Kaman and Chakan da Bagh-- along the LoC if Pakistan agreed to it.
Responding to the date proposed for opening the LoC, Sarna said it was set for making the camps ready.
"We were prepared to be ready. But we can be ready, we can start after we receive concurrence," he said, adding New Delhi had 'not received any concurrence (from Pakistan)'.
He said the duration of three days was prescribed for undertaking some infrastructure work to make these camps become operational.
Sarna said a delegation of senior Indian officials, led by Dilip Sinha, Joint Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry, would hold talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad on October 29 to discuss the proposals made by the two countries with regard to opening of LoC for coordination in relief work.
The Indian delegation will also include officials from the Home Ministry, Army Headquarters and Jammu and Kashmir government.