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Open LoC on humanitarian grounds: Pakistan
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October 19, 2005 19:58 IST
Last Updated: October 19, 2005 21:50 IST

President Pervez Musharraf's [Images] proposal of easing movement of Kashmiris from both sides of the Line of Control was on the humanitarian ground as well as in conformity with the foreign policy of Pakistan.

Stating this, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri told BBC Radio in an interview that Musharraf and the government of Pakistan have displayed courage with regard to the Kashmir issue and relations with India.

"We have kept in view the situation created by this catastrophic earthquake, particularly the Kashmiri brethren who have been affected on both the sides of the LoC," he said.

Kasuri said the Kashmiris on both sides of LoC are related to one another and have love and affection for each other. Therefore, this decision to put forward the proposal has been taken on humanitarian ground that they should be allowed to meet each other, he said.

To a question, he said Pakistan gave a very positive response to the Indian offer of assistance for those affected by the October 8 quake.

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