India-Pakistan DGMOs agreed to reduce tension along LoC

By Zaheerul Hassan LoC

Top military commanders of India and Pakistan on16 Jaunary 2012 agreed not to allow escalation of tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) with the Pakistan Army asking its troops to observe ceasefire strictly and exercise restraint.

The ways to defuse the tension on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, which was triggered by the killing of initially one and later on two Pakistani soldiers by the Indian  Army, were discussed during a telephonic conversation between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two sides.     The talks lasted for ten minutes starting 10 AM and during this there was also an understanding not to allow the situation to escalate.

According to Pakistani Radio, the country’s DGMO lodged a strong protest with his Indian counterpart over killing of a Pakistani soldier.

Earlier Indian, Army Chief General Bikram Singh rejected Pakistani allegations that Indian troops had crossed the LoC and indulged in unprovoked firing, saying any casualty on the other side may have been due to retaliatory firing. He also threatened Pakistan and said that it may have happened during cross-firing.

In fact, had alleged Indian troops had violated the ceasefire along the LoC late last night and “carried out unprovoked firing” in Hotspring and Jandrot sectors.     In Islamabad, a statement from the Pakistani military’s media arm said DGMO Major General Ashfaq Nadeem spoke to his Indian counterpart on a hotline this morning and “both sides agreed on the need to reduce tension on the LoC.”     Both sides agreed on several steps to improve the situation along the 742-km LoC, including exercising “maximum restraint” and bringing any future ceasefire violations to the notice of the high command immediately, official sources said.     The two sides also agreed to tone down any “media hype” over clashes or ceasefire violations, the sources said.

it is added here that UN Security Council should press India to stop violation of LoC otherwise it may lead to nuclear conflict between two countries. UN should intervene and asked India to resolve the issue in the light of UN Resolutions over Kashmir.


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