India-Pakistan: Brigadiers meet, discuss the peace road map as summer approaches

Last month, the Indian and Pakistani armies recommitted themselves to the 2003 ceasefire on the LoC
Last Updated 26 March 2021, 15:50 IST

A month after the Indian and Pakistani armies decided to maintain a ceasefire across the Line of Control, Brigadiers from the two countries met on Friday to discuss the road map to implement the ceasefire protocol for the coming months.

"Post the Director Generals of Military Operations understanding, a Brigade Commander level flag meeting was held between Indian and Pakistan armies at Poonch Rawalakot Crossing Point on March 26, 2021 to discuss the implementation mechanism,” Indian Army sources said.

With summer a few weeks away, the Indian Army is now more cautious on the western front as historically, the Pakistani Army is known to push infiltrators in summer months when the snow melts in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, making the passes accessible.

This is generally the time when firing from across the border increases to give the infiltrators a cover.

On February 25, the armies of India and Pakistan announced stopping the cross border firing along the Line of Control from midnight of February 24-25 in order to have a peaceful atmosphere along the disputed border. The plan was finalised by the two DGMOs when they spoke on the hotline.

Since then, there has been no firing across the LoC, which is a much welcome peace after more than 5,000 incidents of ceasefire violations in 2020.

While India and Pakistan have had a ceasefire agreement since 2003, thousands of ceasefire violations were reported in the last three years, shattering the fragile border peace. The agreement was mostly followed by the two sides till the 2016 Uri terror attack happened.

(Published 26 March 2021, 11:15 IST)

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