India & Pak DGsMO Speak, Agree on ‘Strict Observance’ of Ceasefire
The DGsMO agreed to address each other’s core issues which have propensity to disturb peace, the statement said.
The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGsMO) of India and Pakistan recently held discussions and reviewed the situation along the Line of Control (LoC), agreeing for the "strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the LoC and all other sectors with effect from midnight 24/25 Feb 2021", a joint statement posted by the Centre said on Thursday, 25 February.
"In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGsMO agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence. Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight 24/25 Feb 2021," the statement said.
The two sides, the statement said, also emphasised on the usage of the existing mechanisms of hotline contact and border flag meetings "to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding".
Reacting to the development, the MEA on Thursday said, “India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan. On key issues, our position remains unchanged.”
What Did The Indian Army Say?
The Indian Army officials said that mutual understanding over the implementation of ceasefire was reached during the talk over hotline between the DGsMO of India and Pakistan on 22 February, news agency ANI reported.
Speaking on this development in the context of the situation along the China border, the officials said, “The situation along northern borders has no bearing on our decision along the LoC on the Western front. The Army is prepared to meet all operational challenges and remains poised to mitigate threats,” ANI quoted.
The Army further stated that peace operations derailed in the past either due to acts of terror or Pakistani army’s belligerence.
Responding to a question on whether India is committing a mistake by agreeing to a ceasefire, Army officials said, “We always remain prepared to meet any eventuality. But, we remain cautiously optimistic.”
Events Owing to A Rare Call
According to a report by NDTV, the latest ceasefire was the result of a rare phone call on Monday between the Directors General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan.
NDTV reported, quoting sources, that while the hotline mentioned earlier is active between the militaries of both sides, it is rare for the Directors General of Military Operations to speak over call. While a Brigadier holds a call once a week, more regularly, a Major-ranked officer talks to the other party for everyday matters.
Ceasefire Violations By Pak In 2020
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had informed the Rajya Sabha, on 8 February, that Pakistan had resorted to 5,133 incidents of ceasefire violations in 2020, in which 46 security personnel had been killed.
According to PTI, Singh had also said "appropriate retaliation" to the ceasefire violations, as required, has been carried out by the security forces.
Meanwhile, The India-China Situation
Meanwhile, India and China have reportedly completed disengagement of troops in the Pangong Lake area. Following the culmination of the tenth round of disengagement talks between the two countries, the India's Ministry of Defence said that the two sides “positively appraised the smooth completion of disengagement”.
Further, according to the ministry, the two sides noted that it was a significant step forward that provided “a good basis for resolution of other remaining issues along the LAC in Western Sector.”
(With inputs from NDTV and ANI.)
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