Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article
Home > News > PTI > Report

India, Pak agree to open five points on LoC

K J M Varma in Islamabad | October 30, 2005 13:36 IST

India and Pakistanagreed on Saturday night, after hectic 12-hour parleys,to open five centres on the Line of Control, to provide relief and medical assistance to quake victims from both sides of Kashmir.

The two sides agreed to open crossings at Nauseri-Tithwal, Chakoti-Uri, Hajipur-Uri, Rawalakot-Poonch and Tattapani-Mendhar to allowquake-affected people of Kashmir, especially from divided families, to meet each other

A Joint Statement issued in Islamabad at the end of the talks lateon Saturday nightsaid that Pakistan had expressed its appreciation for the assistance provided by India for the earthquake victims.

'It was agreed that because of non-availability of or damage to infrastructure on these points, crossings across the LoC would be permitted on foot. The parameters and procedures as already agreed upon between the two sides being used for the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service would be used for the above additional crossings and both will endeavour to expedite the clearance process preferably within10 days', the statement said.

It was further agreed that priority for crossings would be accorded to members of divided families on either side of LoC.

'For relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction purposes, it was agreed that with prior information and acceptance and depending on feasibility, relief items can be sent in either direction and handed over to local authorities on the aforementioned crossing points', the statement said.

The two sides agree to operationalise the arrangements on November 7, as a humanitarian measure.

Talks began around 1030 hrs ISTSaturday morning at the Pakistan Foreign Office between a six-member Indian delegation headed by Dilip Sinha, Joint Secretary of the Indian External Affairs Ministry and the Pakistan official team led by Ibne Abbas, the Director General of South Asia Division in Pakistan Foreign Office and went on till 0100 hrs.

Earlier, the talks hit a roadblock as the meeting was adjourned for Pakistan to obtain clearance to certain Indian proposals. The two sides met again at 2300 hrs and continued the talks till late in the night. There was speculation that talks were bogged down due to the situation created by the serial bomb blasts in New Delhi, which officials later denied.

Early this year the two countries have reached an agreement to run the Srinagar-Muzafarabad bus service, which was suspended after landslides triggered by the October 8 quake disrupted the route.

Complete coverage: Tremors across borders

© Copyright 2005 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.

Share your comments

 What do you think about the story?

Read what others have to say:

Number of User Comments: 1

Sub: India did not learn the lessons

Despite so much happenings on the cross border terrorism and the recent bombings in the Delhi, I feel Indian Government did not learn its lessons. ...

Posted by Bhaskar



Copyright 2005 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.