MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) – In another sign of growing cooperation between South Asia’s nuclear rivals, India and Pakistan on Saturday proposed setting up aid camps along their disputed border in Kashmir, allowing earthquake victims to cross the frontier for medical treatment.

India suggested setting up three camps in the quake-hit zone of Kashmir that would provide food, drinking water and tents to Pakistani victims.

Pakistan made its own proposal hours later, suggesting five points along the disputed border for setting up aid camps and saying those visiting its portion of Kashmir would be allowed through immediately if they had proper travel documents, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Islamabad had reacted cautiously to New Dehli’s announcement, saying the two sides would have to meet to discuss the proposal, which followed calls from Pakistan’s president to open up the heavily militarized frontier for Kashmiris seeking relief.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said Pakistan’s proposals could likely to reconciled with India’s. He said earthquake victims would be allowed to cross the border for medical treatment, provisions and shelter in the three Indian camps, which would begin operating Tuesday pending approval from Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a U.S.-based human rights groups accused Pakistani officials of storing tents and other relief supplies instead of immediately distributing them to survivors of the Oct. 8 earthquake that leveled huge swaths of the region.

The allegations came as the United Nations appealed for nations to give more aid, warning of another wave of deaths unless relief arrives for the more than 3 million people left homeless by the quake before the harsh Himalayan winter hits in less than a month.

World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz said Saturday that the bank would step up its efforts to help Pakistan but stressed it was necessary to pinpoint what the needs were.

“The scale of the disaster is so enormous that, frankly, a big part of the effort has to go to figuring what the needs really are,” Wolfowitz told reporters in Helsinki, Finland.

World Bank spokesman Derek Warren told The Associated Press later Saturday that the bank has already decided to allocate a further $20 million in aid to Pakistan, raising its total commitment to $40 million.

Also Saturday, the U.S. Army sent its only mobile field hospital, the Germany-based Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, where it would set up a 44-bed facility.

Since the earthquake, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has called for people to be allowed to cross the Line of Control, as the border between the Indian- and Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir is known. The border has been long regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.

“Let people come and help this side or our people go across that side to help in reconstruction,” Musharraf said in an interview Friday with the British Broadcasting Corp. “Wherever or whoever wants to do that, let’s do it.”

Sarna said Pakistanis could across the border after undergoing a security check and only during daylight hours. The plan also calls for Indians to be allowed to cross into Pakistan to visit with relatives in relief camps there, he said.

Permitting Kashmiris to cross the Line of Control would be a clear sign of mounting trust between the longtime rivals, raising hopes the shared tragedy of the earthquake could help the countries forge peace. India already has sent tons of relief goods to Pakistan by air and land.

Pakistan and India have fought two wars over Kashmir since independence 58 years ago. Both nations claim the region in its entirety. A slow-moving peace process between the neighbors led to the opening of a cross-border bus service earlier this year, but movement of Kashmiris is still heavily restricted.

Some 79,000 people are believed to have been killed in the quake, mostly in northwestern Pakistan and its portion of Kashmir. Nearly 1,400 people have died on the Indian side of Kashmir.

Meanwhile, New York-based Human Rights Watch alleged Saturday that tents and other relief goods were being stored by Pakistani authorities rather than distributed immediately, citing eyewitness reports of an incident Wednesday in Muzaffarabad.

Liaquat Hussain, the city’s deputy commissioner, rejected the charge. He suggested the organization’s workers may have misunderstood what they saw, saying supplies are checked and registered before being sent out to quake victims.

Pakistan Human Rights Commission chairman Asma Jehangir, whose eyewitness report was cited by the group, said the tents in question had been promised to civil servants who had been helping unload supplies. She said soldiers later handed out 20 tents but put another two dozen into storage.

“I did not see ill will on the part of the government, that they were holding it for themselves, or misappropriating it,” Jehangir told The Associated Press. “But nevertheless, what they didn’t understand is the need for speed. They’re being bureaucratic.”

In another setback, a U.N.-chartered helicopter on a relief mission to Pakistan crashed in Azerbaijan on Saturday, killing at least four crew members


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