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Pakistani journalists visit IOK

OCCUPIED JAMMU – A delegation of Pakistani journalists on Monday visited camps housing Hindu migrants who fled Muslim-dominated regions of occupied Kashmir soon after the start of an Islamic insurgency 15 years ago.

The 15-member group arrived on Sunday through the Wagah border post in India’s Punjab state before going on to occupied Kashmir.

India and Pakistan last month announced an easier visa regime for journalists, doctors and academics in a bid to promote the peace process.

Witnesses said the displaced Kashmiri Hindus, known as Pandits, welcomed the Pakistani journalists warmly and the visitors listened attentively as they spoke of their problems.

Two of the journalists, Rehana Hakim and Muniza Jehangir, said their visit to the camp would help them write reports on the problems and the plight of the Kashmiri refugees.

The head of the Pakistani delegation, Imtiaz Alam, said they had come “with the hope that peace will return to the subcontinent with more interaction between the people of the two sides.

“We want people on both sides of the border to work for friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.”

The visiting group also met local Kashmiri politicians.

Source: Business Recorder

Date:10/6/2004