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Pakistan setting up five relief camps along LoC

October 31, 2005 16:08 IST
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said his country is to set up five relief camps along the Line of Control to provide assistance to quake victims in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

Talking to reporters in Islamabad Sunday evening, after visiting the quake-affected areas of Muzaffarabad, along with Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the prime minister said that crossing over would be allowed at five points across the LoC to provide a chance for two-way movement of the divided families.

The five points agreed by Pakistani and Indian officials during Saturday's talks in Islamabad, to be operational by November 7, include, Nauseri-Tithwal, Chakoti-Uri, Hajipur-Uri, Rawalakot-Poonch and Tattapani-Poonch.

"Pakistan is setting up five relief camps at these five crossings where medical and other help and assistance will be available for the Kashmiris," he said. Food, medical assistance and other relief would be made available to Kashmiris.

The prime minister appreciated the help and assistance being provided by the world for relief and rehabilitation work in the country's earthquake hit areas. He said Pakistan was organising a world donors conference on November 19.

He appreciated the help and contribution of 500 million riyals from the Saudi government, besides individual assistance from many Saudi philanthropists and businessmen like Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

Earlier, during a briefing in Muzaffarabad, Aziz was informed that electricity and water supply in the city had been fully restored while work for supplying items of basic needs to remote areas was in full swing.

He was informed that due to damage to roads, it was difficult to reach the affected areas in the mountains, but the army, with the help and assistance from many countries and non governmental organisations, was providing help to victims in all areas.

Officials told the premier that there were 43,000 causalities in Bagh, Rawalkot and Muzaffarabad areas and this number could increase.

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