The head of the main Kashmiri separatist alliance based in Pakistan has welcomed President Pervez Musharraf's proposal to open up the Line of Control in the wake of the devastating earthquake 11 days ago.
Syed Salahuddin, who is also the leader of the Kashmiri rebel group Hizbul Mujahedin, says the Kashmiris never accepted the disputed border as a dividing line.
General Musharraf made the suggestion to open the de facto border on Tuesday during a visit to the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, which was badly hit by the October eighth quake. He said he was ready to allow any civilians from Indian-controlled Kashmir to cross the Line of Control and help with relief efforts. India hailed the proposal but said it would wait for more details.