The director generals of military operations (DGMO) of India and Pakistan will meet at the Wagah border near Amritsar on December 24 to discuss ways to restore calm along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
The much-awaited meeting comes at a time when bilateral ties have been strained due to rising tensions along the LoC, with Pakistan violating the November 2003 ceasefire close to 250 times this year.
The two DGMOs haven’t met in 14 years. They last met in 1999 after the Kargil war, a former army chief confirmed. They, however, speak on phone every Tuesday.
A senior official said the Indian DGMO Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia accepted a proposal made by his Pakistani counter Major General Amir Riaz to meet on the Pakistani side of the Wagah border.
The proposed meeting will take place less than a month after General Raheel Sharif replaced Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as Pakistan’s new army chief.
The Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement that the invitation was extended to “strengthen the mechanisms to ensure ceasefire on the LoC.”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif had discussed the possibility of the two DGMOs holding talks when they met in New York in September.