SRINAGAR - Pakistan and India will hold a flag meeting at the Brigade Commander level at Chakan De Bagh crossing in the Poonch district today (Monday) to address the issue of ceasefire violations on the Line of Control.

A defence spokesman, in a statement, said: "The ceasefire violations had escalated in last few days and had resulted in large number of civilian causalities and collateral damage to properties."

"The field commanders from both sides will discuss the modalities to defuse the tense situation," the statement added. This is for the first time the two armies would come together for a flag meeting after a lengthy hiatus to address the issue of cross-LoC ceasefire violations.

The border residents on either side have been victims of the now-frequent violations with each side accusing the other of firing first.

The cross-LoC firing and shelling have triggered panic and tension among the border residents and cost lives on both sides and caused damage to property.

Complete shutdown

in Occupied Kashmir

In Occupied Kashmir, complete strike was observed against the killing of a father and son in Sopore. According to Kashmir Media Service, call for the strike was given by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani. All shops and business establishments were closed across the territory and traffic was off the roads.

A civilian and his three-year-old son were killed after they were fired upon by unidentified gunmen in Sopore, while body of a youth was recovered from Kunzar area of Tangmarg, Saturday. Six mysterious killings have happened in Kashmir’s Baramulla district in the past seven days.

Geelani in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the Sopore killings as inhuman and said that the people should protest against such incidents. The veteran leader demanded an impartial probe into the killings through an independent agency.

Meanwhile, a protest demonstration led by Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League leader Imtiyaz Reshi was held in old city area of Srinagar against the killings. Reshi on the occasion termed it a big tragedy and worst kind of barbarism.