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Indo-Pak flag-meeting to be held on Poonch LoC

PTI  Jammu, June 22, 2012
First Published: 13:39 IST(22/6/2012) | Last Updated: 13:44 IST(22/6/2012)

India and Pakistan will hold a 'brigade commander' level flag meeting along the LoC in Poonch on Saturday to discuss the recent ceasefire violations by the latter.


"Brigade Commanders's flag meeting is being held tomorrow at Chakan-Da-Bagh LoC point in Poonch sector at 11 am. Pak has agreed to the meeting", a senior Army officer said.

The Indian Army had sent a hotline message to Pakistan Army and called for a Brigade commander-level flag meeting to discuss the issues of increasing incidents of firing and ceasefire violations in Poonch sector on June 19.

The issue is serious in view of the fact that two jawans have been killed and four others injured in direct firing on them by Pakistan troops, unseen in the past, the officer said.

The two jawans, including one of BSF, were killed and four others injured in the firing by Pakistan troops in four ceasefire violations since June 11 to June 16 along the LoC in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Usually, a commandant-level flag meeting is held on the LoC to sort out the differences, but this time we have called for Brigade Commander-level meeting, he said.

Earlier, Pakistan had cancelled Commandant (Col) level meeting on Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch on June 16 without assigning any reason.

Pakistani troops this time directly fired on Army troops guarding the borderline in Poonch unlike in the past when they used to target posts, the official said adding it was a serious issue.

Pakistani troops resorted to five ceasefire violations and heavy firing incidents since June 11 to 16 and no firing was resorted to by Pakistan since then.

The trade via the Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point remains suspended,awaiting de-escalation of the situation in the Krishna Ghati Sector.

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