The New Delhi bombings have not deterred regional rivals India and Pakistan from reaching an unprecedented agreement on opening the border across Kashmir.
Despite speculation the attacks were carried out by militants based in Pakistan, the two countries will allow traffic across the Line of Control – the de facto frontier in the disputed territory. Families and relief items will be authorised to cross the Line through five checkpoints to help victims of the devastating earthquake on October 8.
“This is a very happy event,” One man from Kashmir said. “Love will grow on both sides, and relatives will be able to meet each other and help each other.”
Winter temperatures in the region are set to be lower than usual, and the UN has warned that more people could die in the aftermath from exposure and starvation than in the earthquake itself.