India, Pakistan start work on border conflict reduction

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The Directors General Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India have agreed to a ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary following months of violations by India, leading to a number of civilian casualties.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations statement, the agreement followed a special hotline contact between the DGMOs of Pakistan and India on Tuesday. Both the sides agreed to fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit. They also agreed on ensuring non-violation of the ceasefire agreement by both sides.

The DGMOs, according to the ISPR, reviewed the prevailing situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary and mutually agreed to undertake sincere measures to improve the existing situation, ensuring peace and avoidance of hardships to the civilians along the borders. It was also agreed upon 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 commanders level, the ISPR added.

A number of cases of LoC violations by India have been reported by the Pakistan Army recently. Four civilians were martyred and 10 injured when Indian forces opened unprovoked fire on a border village across the Working Boundary in Sialkot. Pakistan’s DGMO had taken up the issue previously too on April 28 with his Indian counterpart.

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