Musharraf announces easing border with India
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Oct 18, IRNA
President General Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday announced to open the Line of Control (LoC), that divides Pakistan and India in the disputed Kashmir region, for the people of Indian-controlled Kashmir to help the earthquake people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
If Kashmiris from across the LoC want to come here, Pakistan will facilitate them, General Musharraf told a news conference in Muzaffarbad, the center of Pakistan administered Kashmir.
President General Musharraf also announced permission to all mobile companies to start their service in Kashmir for the first time.
The President said that the aim of granting permission to mobile companies to start service is to improve the telecommunication links for those living along the LoC enabling them to contact each other.
Kashmiris living on both sides of LoC are anxious to know the whereabouts of their relatives and keeping in view of their problems, the government has decided to allow mobile companies to start service in this area, General Musharraf said.
To a question regarding accepting relief goods by India, the President thanked the Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohn Singh for providing aid to the quake affectees.
He said that Pakistan has accepted all kind of relief aid from India, however Pakistan could not permit Indian troops to cross LoC or its pilots fly helicopter service inside Pakistan.
He said except pilots, Pakistan has accepted all kind of relief from Indian side.
General Musharraf said that about thirty two countries have sent relief goods in abundance to Pakistan adding that more tents are required to meet the demands of the affectees.
He said that within two to three weeks, a large number of tents will be purchased for distribution among the affectees.
He said that the government has also asked the factories to make ready tents in a large scale and import duty has also been removed.
The President said that relief teams have reached to most of the earthquake affected areas for providing relief to the people.
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