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Indian and Pakistani Kashmiris Allowed to Cross Line of Control

More people in divided Kashmir are being allowed to use the five crossing points opened by India and Pakistan on the military Line of Control after the October earthquake.

Earlier, the openings were used mainly for exchanging materials for quake relief. The crossing points have been opened to civilians so they can know the welfare of relatives on the other side.

On Thursday, 25 people crossed the Line of Control, in the Uri sector of Indian Kashmir. Indian officials say 20 went to the Pakistani side, while five people returned home to the Indian side.

Those crossing to the Pakistani side included four residents of Pakistani Kashmir who had been stranded in Indian Kashmir.

The effort to reunite separated Kashmiri families by opening the de facto border is seen as an offshoot of the almost two-year-old peace process between Pakistan and India.