Indian team arrives for talks on LoC
28 October 2005
The Daily Times
Islamabad: Pakistan and India will discuss specific steps of cross-border cooperation in Islamabad today (Saturday) to help October 8 earthquake victims.An Indian delegation, led by Dilip Sinha, India's External Affairs Ministry joint secretary in-charge of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, arrived here on Friday. The Indian team also consists of officials from the Home Ministry, Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir government.The talks will focus on proposals made by both India and Pakistan to help the victims of the earthquake across the Line of Control (LoC).India said on Thursday that it had pledged $25 million to Pakistan following the earthquake, but efforts to let aid flow across LoC have been beset by problems. Despite warnings that tens of thousands of survivors trapped in remote villages in Azad Jammu and Kashmir may die of exposure before relief workers can reach them, they have been unable to reach a compromise.Last week, President Pervez Musharraf proposed opening five crossing points on the LoC that Kashmiris on both sides of the divide could use to reach relatives.India's counterproposal is to establish relief camps at three points on the frontier and it has already stockpiled aid at the locations, Teetwal in Tangdhar district, Kaman Post in Uri district and Chakan Dabagh in Poonch district.