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Pak, India DGMOs agree to ensure LoC sanctity

25 December, 2013

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WAGAH: Director Generals Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India held face-to-face talks for the first time in 14 years here at the Wagah border post and agreed to make their hotline contact more effective and result-oriented.

Both sides also decided to hold two flag meetings between brigade commanders on the Line of Control (LoC) in the near future to ensure peace and tranquility (along the LoC).The meeting pondered over issues related to the Line of Control (LoC), Working Boundaryceasefire agreement inked in 2003.

The five-member Pakistan military delegation was headed by DGMO Major General Aamer Riaz and was assisted by one Brigadier and three lieutenant colonels, while the six-member Indian delegation was headed by DGMO Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia and was assisted by two brigadiers and three lieutenant colonels.

On arrival, the Indian delegation was welcomed with due protocol and taken to the conference room where they held a meeting that lasted over 100 minutes.According to the ISPR, the meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere. Both the DGMOs showed their commitment to maintain sanctity and ceasefire on the LoC and agreed to re-energise the existing mechanisms.

It was also decided to inform each other if any innocent civilian inadvertently crossed the LoC in order to ensure his/her early return. "It is the first (such) meeting between the senior army officials since Kargil," senior Indian defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said, referring to the brief war between the two nations in the divided Kashmir in 1999.

The meeting comes less than a month after General Raheel Sharif took over as the new chief of the Pakistan Army.A deadly flare-up along the LoC in January brought a halt to peace talks that had only just resumed following a three-year hiatus sparked by the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.

Fresh skirmishes erupted on the LoC after five Indian soldiers were killed in a raid in August. Delhi blamed that ambush on the Pakistan Army, but Islamabad denied the claims and has repeatedly called for restraint and dialogue.The prime ministers of both countries pledged to ensure calm in Kashmir when they held talks in New York in September — the highest-level talks between the two sides in three years.

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