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Aid organisations allowed to send aid to Pakistan

Diplomatic Correspondent

NEW DELHI: India has allowed private parties and international aid organisations to send relief material to Pakistan via the Wagah border, even as it prepares to send a third consignment of assistance to the earthquake victims across the border.

Giving this information to presspersons on Friday, the External Affairs Ministry spokesman said the Government was in constant touch with Pakistan since the October 8 earthquake. While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh telephoned his Pakistani counterpart, Khurshid Kasuri.

According to the spokesman, a third consignment of relief material comprising medicines, tents and biscuits would be sent soon.

The second consignment, sent by train through the Attari-Wagah link, was expected to reach Pakistan on Saturday morning.

Pakistan High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan was present when several trucks carrying relief material collected by a Sikh organisation here left for Pakistan on Friday.

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