India, Pak agree to stop ceasefire breach

India, Pak agree to stop ceasefire breach

Indian soldiers, PTI file photo

India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to adhere to the ceasefire along the Line of Control and the undisputed stretch of border between the two neighbouring nations.

Indian Army's Director General (Military Operation) Lt Gen Anil Chauhan and his counterpart in Pakistan Army, Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, spoke over the hotline at 6 pm on Tuesday.

They "agreed to fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit forthwith and to ensure that henceforth the ceasefire will not be violated by both sides".

A spokesperson of the Indian Army said that the hotline contact had been initiated by the DGMO of the Pakistan Army.

The two DGMOs reached the agreement just a day after New Delhi ruled out any possibility of restarting the stalled dialogue with Islamabad as long as Pakistan would not stop exporting terror to India and its armed forces would not refrain from violating ceasefire along the LoC as well as the undisputed stretch of the border.

They "also agreed that in case of any issue, restraint will be exercised and the matter will be resolved through utilisation of existing mechanisms of hotline contacts and border flag meetings at local commander's level," according to identical press releases issued by the spokespersons of the Indian and Pakistan armies.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) recently noted that soldiers of the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers had violated the ceasefire 1,088 times so far this year.

The ceasefire violations by soldiers of the neighbouring country had led to the death of 36 people and caused injuries to 127 others in Jammu and Kashmir, the MEA stated last week.

New Delhi last week lodged a strong protest with Islamabad over the recent death of an infant in Jammu and Kashmir due to ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC.

"Jab seema par janaaze uth rahe hon, toh baatcheet ki awaaz acchi nahi lagti (when funerals are taking place on the border, it is not appropriate to hold dialogue)," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said during her annual news conference on Monday.

"Talks and terror cannot go together," she added.

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