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Srinagar, Asharq Al-Awsat- Militant groups based in Pakistani administered Kashmir have accused the Indian military of falsely reporting &#34a female suicide bomber&#34 in Indian administered Kashmir. Moderate Kashmiri separatists have also pleaded to open the borders between India and Pakistan.

The chairman of The United Jihad Council (MJC), an organization made up of a number of Kashmiri militant groups Syed Salaudin, reported in a statement to local media that &#34explosives were strapped to the body of Yasmeen Khan of Sanbora Pampore, and was branded as a suicide bomber. The bomb went off at Awantipora. An oppressed sister was thus martyred.&#34

The statement said, &#34The atrocities committed by India over the past 56 years have been more detrimental in comparison to the devastation caused by the earthquake.&#34

Praising the role of the Pakistani government and the people of that nation, it was said in the meeting, &#34The devastating earthquake has strengthened our belief that Pakistan selflessly loves Kashmiris in particular and humanity in general.&#34

Moderate Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, the chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and chief Muslim priest has made a strong appeal to the governments of India and Pakistan. He pleaded that both governments leave politics aside, and allow Kashmiris to cross the Line of Control in the wake of the massive destruction caused by the earthquake in Pakistan administered Kashmir.

Umer Farooq said, &#34This line (of control) has not been drawn on soil but on the hearts of the people of Kashmir. India and Pakistan must rise above their political stands and allow the people to cross the line for the sake of humanity.&#34

He continued, &#34Let the authorities open all routes near the ceasefire line so that we can help in relief and rescue operations in Pakistani Kashmir. Let them allow the divided families to know each other”s fate,&#34

&#34Muzaffarabad has become a graveyard. Bodies are waiting for burial, and survivors for medical care, food and shelter,&#34 Umer Farooq said. &#34It was a beautiful land with warm and friendly people,&#34 he sobbed, recalling the hospitality he received during his visit to Pakistani Kashmir with a delegation from the APHC in June this year.

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