15 Kashmiris Cross LoC From Chalyana Neelam Valley To Teetwal
24 August 2006
Associated Press of Pakistan
Muzaffarabad: Some 15 divided Kashmiri people crossed the Line of Control from Chalyana Neelum Valley crossing point to Teetwal sector in the Indian held Kashmir on Thursday. This was stated by Pakistan Army Spokesman Major Farooq Nasir Pirzada here on Thursday. This was the first ever crossing from the sector since both Pakistan and India had agreed to open four more points besides the Chakothi crossing point which was opened for traveling on April 7, 2004 to help facilitate the divided families. Eleven of the 15 passengers were those who had already came to Azad Kashmir from Indian held Kashmir to see their relatives, while four were the new passengers belonging to Azad Kashmir who crossed over to Teetwal with them to see their kith and kin in occupied Kashmir. However, only three new passengers arrived to Azad Kashmir from the held territory to meet their relatives from the Chalyana crossing point. This is the fifth one crossing points of the four which were opened by the Pakistani and Indian authorities to help facilitate the divided families to see each others following the last year deadly earthquake which struck the area badly as first one was opened on April 7, 2004 while four more were opened after the october 8 last year earthquake.