India and Pak agree to ensure ceasefire along LOC At DGMOs meeting
India and Pakistan decided to ensure ceasefire along the Line of Control after deliberating upon the border-related issues at the meeting of the Directors General of Military Operations of both countries on Tuesday — the first such meet after 14 years. The DGMOs last met 14 years ago after the Kargil conflict of 1999.
“It was a cordial, constructive and fruitful meeting. We discussed the ceasefire along the Line of Control and the existing mechanism. We both decided to ensure ceasefire and the similar existing methods. We are very positive and we are looking forward to sustaining the ceasefire,” India’s DGMO Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia told reporters at Attari on return from the Pakistani side of the border. He said, “there were some issues we are moving forward on”.
While Lt Gen Bhatia led the Indian side, Maj Gen Aamer Riaz led the Pakistani side. The focus on lifting mechanism along with commitment to ceasefire during the meeting indicate both sides’ willingness to reduce the hostilities along the LoC. Two flag meetings between brigade commanders will be held on the LoC in the near future to ensure peace and tranquility, a joint statement said.
The DGMOs decided to make their hotline contact “more effective and result-oriented”, it said. As many as 195 ceasefire violations have been reported this year along the LoC, the highest after the 2003 agreement came into force. Five Indian soldiers were killed in an attack by Pakistani troops along the LoC in August while two more were killed in January.
Both sides also repeatedly accused each other of violating the ceasefire on the LoC. India is believed to have forcefully conveyed to Pakistan the importance of maintaining the ceasefire.