India, Pak agree to adhere to ceasefire on LoC

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/26/2021 12:57:10 PM

NEW DELHI, Feb 25: India and Pakistan have reiterated the truce in a hotline contact between their Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) on Wednesday after reviewing the situation along the Line of Control and all other sectors in a free, frank and cordial atmosphere, the Defence Ministry said.
In a joint statement, both sides agreed to strict observance of "all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight February 24-25, 2021."
They said "In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the DGMOs addressed each other's core issues and concerns which have the propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence."
The two militaries on 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.
According to the joint statement of the DGMOs of the two countries, 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 hotline was established between the two Armies in 2013 to defuse any tension that may erupt on the LoC or borders of the two countries.
“The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) 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 DGMOs 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.
The latest development is seen as a thaw after years of tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
A ceasefire has been in place at the Line of Control (LoC) but it has been frequently violated, resulting in civilian and military casualties on both sides.

 

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