India and Pakistan agree to defuse situation at LoC

RSTV Bureau

BSF-injuredIn a promising move, both India and Pakistan on Monday agreed to exercise restraint and work for defusing the situation on Line of Control (LoC) which has been witnessing repeated ceasefire violations for last many weeks. The assurance came during the Flag meeting of the senior Army officers of the two countries. The Brigade Commander level Flag Meeting was held at Chakan-da-Bagh LoC crossing point in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Both sides have understood the importance of exercising restraint and have decided to take steps o defuse the situation,” PRO Defence SN Acharya told the press after the meeting.

In a meeting that lasted for about an hour the representatives of India and Pakistan addressed a host of issues regarding ongoing ceasefire violations, targeting of civilians and sniping action on the LoC. Brigadier HS Sareen represented the Indian side at the Flag meeting while the Pakistani side was led by Brigadier Osman.

This is the first Flag Meeting held at the level of Brigadiers after nearly 20 days of heavy firing and shelling of 120 mm, 82, 61 mm mortar bombs, RPGs and automatic weapons by Pakistani troops in Poonch district along the LoC.

According to Indian officials, in September alone, Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire 25 times, shelling Indian civilian and military positions using 120 mm, 82 mm mortars, Rocket Projectile Grenades (RPGs) and automatic weapons. Last week, BSF officer ASI Sohan was killed in shelling when Pakistan targeted their post in Manjakotr sector along LoC in Rajouri district.

The last Brigade Commander level meeting was held on September 4 last year after the LoC saw 45-days of heaviest firing by Pakistani troops since 1971.

(With inputs from the PTI)