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Pakistan hints at reopening of another border with India

IRNA

Islamabad, Dec 7, IRNA -- Pakistan`s Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah 
Jamali has said Pakistan was considering various aspects of reopening 
of Khokhrapar route with India. 
Talking to reporters at a function in Karachi Saturday, he 
recalled the route was closed after Pakistan-India war in 1965 and the
government was considering its reopening to facilitate people. 
Since November 26, Pakistan and India forces are holding a 
ceasefire on LoC and Siachen battlefront, the highest between any two 
countries. Islamabad had unilaterally announced to observe the 
ceasefire, which New Delhi reciprocated. 
Both countries would also resume air links by January 1 next year,
suspended two years ago following a terror attack on the Indian 
Parliament. 
According to the local press on Sunday, Jamali`s remarks came amid
Pakistan military allegations that India was defying accords on the 
Line of Control (LoC), the line dividing both parts of Kashmir. 
The Armed Forces spokesman, Major General Shaukat Sultan, charged 
on Saturday that the reported fencing of LoC by India was in violation
of all the bilateral and multilateral agreements between Pakistan and 
India. 
He pointed out the Karachi agreements in 1949 and the 
Pakistan-India agreement in September 1972 have mentioned that if any 
new construction is done on LoC, permission will have to be obtained 
from each other. 
The spokesman contended, "no fencing construction will be done 
there and this erection of fence on LoC alters the status of LoC where
Kashmir is a disputed territory. No side is permitted to unilaterally 
alter the LoC status unilaterally". 
Pakistan controls one part of Kashmir while India the other. Both 
have fought two of their three wars on Kashmir. 
MHA/TSH/210 
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