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India and Pakistan agree to stop cross-border firing in Kashmir

"In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGsMO agreed to address each other's core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence," a joint statement said.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh |
Updated: February 25, 2021 10:25:40 pm
India and Pakistan have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on a ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors.

India and Pakistan’s militaries Thursday announced that they have agreed to stop firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and other areas with effect from the midnight of February 24-25.

Releasing a joint statement of the Director Generals of Military Operations of the two countries, the Army said the two officers had been in touch over the telephone hotline with both sides having reiterated that the existing mechanisms of hotline contact and border flag meetings will be utilised to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding.

“The Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact. The two sides reviewed the situation along the Line of Control and all other sectors in a free, frank and cordial atmosphere,” the statement added.

It went on to say that in the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGsMO agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have the 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 24/25 Feb 2021,” the joint statement said, referring to the military operations heads of the two countries.

“There have been contacts between India and Pakistan on a hotline level since 1987. Frequently, the DGMOs of both countries stay in contact through this established mechanism,” Dawn newspaper quoted Pakistani military spokesman Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar as saying.

Iftikhar said that from 2014 there was a spike in ceasefire violations along the LoC. “Both the DGMOs have agreed that the existing 2003 understanding should be implemented in letter and spirit. Both officials have agreed on making it sustainable and have expressed the intention to act on it, he said according to Dawn.

The latest development is seen as a thaw after years of tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, PTI quoted Dawn newspaper as saying.

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