Hurriyat To Visit PoK With Quake Relief
31 October 2005
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Welcoming the Indo-Pak decision to facilitate free movement of relief workers across the LoC, the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference on Monday said two delegations of the amalgam will visit Pakistan occupied Kashmir next month to provide relief to quake-hit people.Two Hurriyat delegations will visit PoK in second or third week of November to extend a helping hand to the victims of the earthquake, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said after a joint meeting of the amalgam's executive committee, general council, and working committee. 'I will lead one delegation from Uri while executive member Bilal Gani Lone will head another delegation from Tangdhar,' he said. Observing that opening of five points is the 'beginning of melting' of ceasefire line, he said making it irrelevant by allowing Kashmiris from either side to travel freely would help in the resolution of the Kashmir issue. India and Pakistan have agreed to open five points along the LoC for people to cross and ferry relief materials for earthquake victims from November 7. The points to be opened for crossings along the LoC are Nauseri-Tithwal, Chakoti-Uri, Hajipir-Uri, Rawalakot-Poonch and Tattapani-Mendhar. The Hurriyat Chairman said the amalgam was satisfied with the ongoing peace process and if India and Pakistan keep moving in the same direction, a lasting solution to Kashmir issue was not very far. Welcoming all Kashmir-centric confidence building measures like ceasefire along LoC, Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, talks between India and Pakistan and Centre and Hurriyat, he said the ceasefire should be made a permanent feature.