Will India-Pak Join Hands To Fight Drug Smuggling?

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LAHORE: A combined patrolling should be done by India and Pakistan to stop drug smuggling across the border, stated the joint release of the five-day Pak-India security forces meeting, Express News reported on Saturday.

“It will be ensured that the decisions taken at the meeting between the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) of Pakistan and India will be executed,” the statement added.

The first, long-awaited meeting between the DGMOs was held on December 24 at the Wagah border to devise a plan to prevent ceasefire violations at the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. “The agreement on ceasefire will be implemented,” the joint statement said.

The statement also revealed that illegal border crossing will be stopped and there will be an immediate flag meeting to resolve minor disputes between the two countries.

Pakistan also demanded India to stop defence structures at the working boundary. It also raised objections regarding the posting of skilled snipers by India at the boundary.

Despite the chequered history, Pakistan is hoping that the easing of tensions on the LoC will pave the way for the resumption of composite dialogue.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz had sent a letter through his special assistant to his Indian counterpart seeking early restoration of composite dialogue. Nawaz had said his government was willing to go ‘extra mile’ to improve ties with India. Agencies

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