LoC crossing dates fixed

New Delhi, Nov 17 | Updated: Nov 18 2005, 05:30am hrs
India and Pakistan have agreed on a schedule of dates for crossing of people and sending relief material through points along the LoC for November- December.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Navtej Sarna announced on Thursday that the dates for Teetwal-Nauseri crossing are November 19 and 26; December 3 and 10. For Poonch-Rawalakote November 21 and December 5. For Mendhar-Tattapani the dates are Novemeber 28 and December 12. Uri-Chakhoti crossing dates are November 17 and December 1. The Uri-Hajipur dates are November 25 and December 8, he said.

The two countries had agreed on October 29 to open five centres on the LoC to provide relief and medical assistance to quake victims from both sides of Kashmir.

It was agreed that because of non-availability of or damage to infrastructure on these points, crossings across the LoC would be permitted on foot. While the first point at Chakan da Bagh was opened on November 7, Kaman post in Uri was made operational two days after. On November 12, the Teetwal crossing in Tangdhar sector was opened, while the fourth crossing point in Mendhar sector of Poonch district became operative from November 14. The fifth point connecting Silikote in Uri sector with Hajipir in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (Pok) was opened on Wednesday.

Also, India on Thursday dispatched the third relief train to Pakistan carrying 600 tonne of relief material, including tents, sleeping bags, blankets and medicines. The train carrying relief material for quake victims of PoK will go via the Attari-Wagah border.

Minister of state for external affairs E Ahamed will be going to Pakistan on Friday to represent India at the international conference being held by Pakistan to request funding for the long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction of quake affected victims. India has pledged $25 million to Pakistan at the international donors conference in Geneva on October 26.

The consignment of 27 wagonloads of aid sent on Thursday includes medical equipment, including injections such as pethidine for pain and X-ray machines.