ISLAMABAD - The Director Generals of military operations from both Pakistan and India on Tuesday talked on hotline and agreed to defuse the war-like situation on Line of Control (LoC).
A short statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations stated that during the conversation both the DGs agreed to reduce the tension on LoC and Working Boundary.
However, it is not yet clear that either flag meeting between the area commanders of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers will take place in near future or not.
Last week, Pakistan had suggested India to hold an urgent meeting of the two countries’ DGMOs in order to discuss the situation at the border and “stop the current spate of firing along the Working Boundary”.
On Saturday, firing by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel along the Working Boundary killed at least two people and injured four others in Sialkot. In Charwa and Chaparral sectors of Sialkot, firing of heavy weapons and mortar shells provoked retaliation from the Chenab Rangers and there was an exchange of fire.
On Monday, five people were severely injured in firing by the BSF in Charwa and Chaparral sectors and there are 26 violations of the ceasefire agreement between the two sides.
Border situation between the two countries is tense for the last one year.
Pakistan and India routinely accuse each other of launching deadly attacks on the other side and violating the 2003 ceasefire on the LoC.
Guns had been relatively silent along the LoC since the ceasefire agreement was made, however, the escalations along the LoC in recent months have caused tensions between the two uneasy nuclear neighbours. Prime ministers of the two countries met in New York in September last year and had decided to ask their military officials to meet and discuss implementation of the ceasefire agreement.
UN CHIEF ASKS INDIA, PAKISTAN TO RESOLVE ISSUES THROUGH DIALOGUE
Agencies add: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has asked India and Pakistan to resolve their issues peacefully and through dialogue, against the backdrop of cancellation of Foreign Secretary level talks between the two nations and continued ceasefire violations along border posts. “The Secretary General calls on both sides to solve the issues peacefully and through dialogue,” according to a statement in New York given by the office of Ban’s spokesperson in response to questions about the cancellation of the talks and ceasefire violations.
The statement did not respond to a question whether the UN chief would intervene in the tense situation and encourage the leaders from the two countries to meet.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government cancelled the August 25 meeting scheduled in Islamabad between the Foreign Secretaries after Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit held talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders.