October 2005 News

Army sets up relief camps on Kashmir border

31 October 2005
The Daily Times

Muzaffarabad: Pakistan Army has set up two relief camps and a field hospital for earthquake victims along the Line of Control (LoC), said Farooq Nasir, the army's spokesman in Muzaffarabad, on Monday.The field hospital and one of the camps are in Chakothi, one of the five points where residents will be allowed to cross the border from November 7, said Nasir. India has already set up three relief camps on its side of the border.Relief groups and survivors have praised Sunday's unprecedented border deal between the two countries, which allows relief goods to be sent in either direction and handed to local authorities at the crossings. Only Kashmiri civilians with families divided by the border will be allowed to cross on foot.Meanwhile in Srinagar, VK Singh, Indian Army chief of staff, said military officials from India and Pakistan would talk today (Tuesday) about clearing thousands of mines along Line of Control (LoC) to facilitate earthquake relief operations. Singh said that commanders from both sides would attend the meeting at a point along the border. 'We have requested a meeting and it may take place on Tuesday,' he said, indicating there had been a positive response from Pakistan.


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