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Pakistan Formally Proposes Opening Kashmir Line of Control to Help Relief Efforts

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Pakistan has formally proposed opening the line of control separating the Pakistani- and Indian-controlled parts of Kashmir to civilians in order to help relief efforts after this month's massive earthquake. The announcement, Saturday, in Islamabad, comes days after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf offered to allow civilians in Indian-controlled Kashmir to cross over and help relatives on the quake-hit Pakistani side. Paklistani officials also said they hope for bilateral talks on relief efforts before the end of the month. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir since 1947. However, India offered help after the powerful quake killed more than 53,000 people in Pakistan, at least 1,300 in India, and left more than three milllion people homeless. Also, Saturday, India proposed opening three relief centers along the line of control.
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