November 2005 News

150 PoK Residents To Cross LoC

8 November 2005
The Indian Express

Line Of Control: Amid growing demand for allowing members of divided families across the LoC to meet, over 150 PoK residents are likely to enter Jammu and Kashmir via the Chakan-da-Bagh post on the LoC next week.Decks have been cleared for allowing over 150 PoK residents, who have relations mostly in Poonch district, into Chakan-da-Bagh relief camp via first LoC point here, possibly next week,' a senior official said yesterday. Authorities in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) have received over 2,300 applications from Rawalakote, Bagh, Mirpur and Muzaffarabad seeking permission to go to Jammu and Kashmir via the crossing point, a Pakistani official said. Of these, over 2,000 have already been forwarded to India, he said, adding that more and more applications were coming. 'We expect that by next week, over 150 people from PoK will cross and meet their relatives,' he said. A J&K official said a full-fledged exercise was on to locate their relatives here and provide both sides dates for the meeting. However, there were no applications from Jammu division seeking permission to cross over to PoK, he said, adding, 'we are also waiting for the response here'. Four big tents have been set-up at Chakan-da-Bagh along with preparations for making I-cards of PoK residents. A 100-bed surgical ward for the injured from the PoK has been established at Kahdi area, a 10-bed emergency hospital at Gulpur forward post along with relief camps at Gulpur and Sant Bahadur Gurdawara campus at Karma along the LoC in Poonch district, the state official said. Situated near a dense forest belt, Chakan-da-Bagh is the last village in Poonch before the PoK village of Tetrinote. A rivulet divides the two villages. The post is nine km from Poonch town and to reach it, one has to go via Ajote, Gulpur and Khari, the villages that have suffered extensive damage in the October 8 earthquake.


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