Pak-India DGMO’s Meet at LoC

ISLAMABAD: A brigadier-level meeting was held between the Indian and Pakistani armies in the Poonch district on the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday, Express News reported.

The meeting began at the Chakan Da Bagh crossing point at 11:30am, news.oneindia reported a defence ministry spokesperson as saying.

“The agenda is to discuss the recent ceasefire violation in the area and take steps to ensure peace and tranquility on the LoC,” the spokesperson had said.

On January 13, India had alleged that Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire on the LoC. In response, the Pakistani Army termed these allegations as baseless, reiterating that Pakistan was respecting the ceasefire on the disputed border in ‘letter and spirit.’

Also, Indian troops had allegedly violated the ceasefire on the LoC on January 11, injuring a 55-year-old civilian in Tatapani sector, some 180 kilometres from Muzaffarabad, local residents and the administration had told The Express Tribune. 

On January 13, Indian Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh had said that India could not be expected to stick by the rules if Pakistan did not.

In a press conference, Gen Singh described LoC violations as a “mini war”. He added that the Indian Army would give a “befitting response” in any sector where Indian soldiers were fired on.

A military spokesperson had said that the situation along the disputed border had improved after the meeting of the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India met in late December.

On December 24, 2013, DGMO Major General Amir Riaz and his Indian counterpart Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia had met at the Wagah border in the first face-to-face talks between DGMOs of the two countries in 14 years.

It had been decided that meetings at the local commanders level would be held from time to time to ensure peace on the LoC.

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