India and Pakistan agree to follow ceasefire along LOC
According to a joint statement on Thursday, India and Pakistan have agreed to follow all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control.
The decision that was taken since Wednesday night at a meeting between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan.
The DGMO`s have held discussion to review the situation along Line of Control and other sectors.
“In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGMOs agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence.
“Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight of February 24/25,” the joint statement said.
The statement further added that the existing mechanism will be utilised to resolve misunderstandings.
In the beginning of this month, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said that in last three years, 10,752 cases of ceasefire violations have taken place along India’s border with Pakistan.
He said in 2018,2019 and 2020, 364 security personnel and 341 civilians were injured in cross-border firings along the International Border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
The move of ceasefire came at a time when Indian military is focused on the standoff with China in Ladakh.
The DGMOs also “agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence” in the interest of “achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders”.
They further said that the border flag meetings will be used to “resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding”.
People said that establishments between the officials of Directorate General of Military Operations and the two countries had continued in earlier months.
The two countries have traded fire after relations between the two worsen after the Pulwama suicide attack in 2019 and abrogation of Article 370.