India and Pakistan Agree to Follow All Ceasefire Pacts and Stop Cross-Border Shooting Throughout the LoC | India News
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* The latest agreement was reached after the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMO) of India and Pakistan held discussions on the established mechanism of hotline contact.
* Both India and Pakistan have committed to following existing mechanisms for hotline contact and border flag meetings to resolve any unforeseen situations or misunderstandings.
* “In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along borders, the two DGMOs agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns that have a propensity to disturb the peace and lead to violence.
“Both parties agreed to the strict observance of all agreements, understandings and ceasefires along the Line of Control and all other sectors starting at midnight on February 24 and 25,” the joint statement read.
* India and Pakistan signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003, but it has hardly been carried out in letter and spirit.
* The two nations have regularly exchanged artillery and machine gun fire along the ceasefire line, and the pact has been violated multiple times.
* The government has said that a total of 10,752 cases of ceasefire violations have occurred along India’s border with Pakistan in the past three years, killing 72 security personnel and 70 civilians. .
* However, a government official said that the Indian army would maintain deployments throughout the LoC to prevent infiltration and continue counter-insurgency operations in the Kashmir valley.
* “The ceasefire does not mean that the Army’s fight against terrorism has stopped and that its alertness and vigilance will not diminish,” Indian officials have said.
(With inputs from agencies)