Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistan, India DGMOs agree on no ceasefire violations in hotline contact: ISPR

Pakistan, India DGMOs agree on no ceasefire violations in hotline contact: ISPR

A special hotline contact was established on Tuesday between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) of Pakistan and India in a bid to defuse the volatile situation along the Working Boundary (WB) and the Line of Control (LoC).

Tensions between the two nuclear neighbours have failed to ease after 19 Indian soldiers were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in September 2016 by an armed group India has claimed to have links with Pakistan.

It says both sides "agreed to undertake honest measures to improve the existing situation, ensuring peace and avoidance of hardships to the civilians along the borders".

The Indian army confirmed the agreement.

Following the conversation between Indian DGMO Lt Gen Anil Chauhan and Pakistan's Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, the two armies issued identical statements saying both sides agreed to fully implement the 15-year-old ceasefire understanding.

Earlier this month India accused Pakistan of committing 881 ceasefire violations across Kashmir's de facto border between January and the third week of May, the highest recorded after both countries approved the 2003 agreement.

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The shelling has cast a pall over the holy month of Ramadan in the mostly Muslim region.

India says 25 civilians and 18 soldiers have been killed this year in over 800 cease-fire violations initiated by Pakistan.

On Wednesday officials on the Indian side of the working boundary said the situation was returning to normal. On the other hand, Pakistan claims Indian forces violated the ceasefire over 1,050 times, resulting in almost 30 deaths.

Residents on both side of the Line of Control nevertheless welcomed the announcement and expressed hope the peace would hold.

The Indian army confirmed the agreement, saying both sides had pledged to "undertake honest measures to improve the existing situation to ensure peace and avoidance of hardships to the civilians along the borders". "Guns should be silenced on both sides and borders should stay calm".

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