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India, Pak DGMOs spoke on special hotline, agreed to ensure ceasefire will not be violated: Army

The two sides agreed to improve the existing situation and fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003, Pakistan Army’s statement said.

india Updated: May 29, 2018 22:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India,Pakistan,Special hotline
The officials also agreed that in case of any issue, restraint will be exercised.(PTI File Photo)

The Pakistani director general of military operations called his Indian counterpart Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan over hotline on Tuesday evening with a proposal to undertake “sincere measures” to improve the border situation and spare civilians hardships, said an army statement.

It said the Indian DGMO agreed to the proposal. “Both the DGsMO agreed to fully implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit and to ensure that henceforth the ceasefire will not be violated by both sides,” the army said.

The officials agreed that the two armies would exercise restraint and border issues would be resolved through existing mechanisms such as hotline contact and flag meetings at the level of local commanders. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations also issued a similar statement.

The Pakistani DGMO had spoken to Chauhan on April 27 to complain against “unprovoked firing and calibre escalation” along the LoC by Indian forces. Chauhan responded by saying Indian forces had only carried out retaliatory firing. Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the LoC and the international border close to 1,100 times this year, resulting in the death of over 35 people. On the other hand, Pakistan claims Indian forces violated the ceasefire over 1,050 times, resulting in nearly 30 deaths.

First Published: May 29, 2018 19:24 IST