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Pakistan, India Open Final Crossing Point in Kashmir for Quake Aid


Pakistan and India have opened a fifth and final crossing point along the Line of Control in the divided Kashmir region to exchange earthquake relief aid.

Officials say permission to people to cross the de facto border will be given at a later date.

Meanwhile, British military helicopters have joined the airlift of relief supplies from the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, to remote villages devastated by October 8 quake.

Aid agencies and governments are trying to help quake survivors before the harsh Himalayan winter sets in. Donors are to meet in Islamabad on Saturday.

President Pervez Musharraf has appealed for more than five billion dollars for quake relief and reconstruction. He also says the disaster presents an opportunity for Pakistan and India to resolve their long-running dispute over Kashmir.

The Pakistani president said the final and most accurate death toll in the quake now stands at more than 73,000.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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