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Pakistan asks India to send delegation for LoC movement talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 24, IRNA
Pakistan-Indian proposals
Pakistan said on Monday it has proposed to India to send official delegation at the soonest to discuss the two proposals and work out modalities for the establishment of camps along the Line of Control to provide relief to the earthquake affected people.

Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam told newsmen in Islamabad that Pakistan is ready to receive or send delegation even today.

Pakistan has formally responded to the Indian proposal relating to establishment of camps along the Line of Control to provide relief to the earthquake affected people, she said.

She hoped that if everything goes well then the arrangement should be in place within this month.

She said Indian response is still awaited to Pakistan's proposal for designation of five points on the LoC to facilitate Kashmiris to meet and help each other.

To a question she said Pakistan is ready that officials from both sides should deliver relief assistance at the identified and agreed points.

Responding to a question the spokesman rejected reports in the Indian media that Pakistan Army did not fully get involved in rescue and relief operations for the first two days.

She said Pakistan Army and people of Pakistan responded to the tragedy immediately and in an exemplary manner.

Pakistan army not only launched immediate rescue operation but is also working in the inaccessible areas restoring road network.

She said the whole operation is geared towards saving lives, and providing shelter, food and medicines to the affected people.

To a question the spokesman said Pakistan would discuss with NATO on Monday its offer of assistance.

In fact, she said Pakistan has already communicated its
requirements of reconstruction, mainly relating to building of hospitals, schools and roads.

She said Chairman Senate would lead Pakistan's delegation at the international donors conference being held in Geneva on Wednesday.

Advisor on Finance Dr. Salman Shah would be the deputy leader of the delegation and its members would include among others Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khusro Bakhtiar, and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar.

The spokesman said Pakistan is grateful to the international community for its valuable assistance during rescue and relief phase and hoped that it would continue to provide necessary aid during reconstruction phase.

She pointed out that some countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE and NATO established air bridges to provide vital relief goods.

Replying to a question Ms. Tasnim Aslam said some proposals are being discussed relating to disaster management.

Pakistan would be seeking assistance of the different countries who have expertise in this regard.

P.M RUSSIA VISIT: The spokesman told a questioner that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz would visit Russia to attend important summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The short visit of the Prime Minister would provide him an importunity to meet leaders of various countries there.

She told a questioner that Pakistan has received no communication from the United States about the visit of President Bush to Pakistan.

The spokesman said Pakistan deeply appreciates the visit of President Hamid Karzai to express solidarity with people of Pakistan during natural calamity.

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