It is strange but true that both India and Pakistan have agreed to go on a ceasefire along the LoC on Thursday and it has already started from midnight of February 24. It has been implemented along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Both countries released a joint statement after a discussion between India’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), Lt Gen Paramjit Singh Sangha, and his counterpart from Pakistan, Maj Gen Nauman Zakaria, over their established telephone hotline.
India was also involved over the past several months in an intense border dispute with China, which seemed to be diffusing only a few days earlier. So, this is a positive development for India after its army having dealt with China in Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which emerged in the open in May last year.
However, though there has been no laxity in counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir all this while.
The joint statement said that the two sides “reviewed the situation along the Line of Control and all other sectors in a free, frank and cordial atmosphere”, over the hotline discussion.
“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 added.
The DGMOs also “agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have the propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence” in the interest of “achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders”.
It has also been decided that both the countries will continue to use the hotline and other existing mechanisms like border flag meetings to “resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding”.
People familiar with developments said on condition of anonymity that the established convention of weekly contacts between officials of the Directorate General of Military Operations of the two countries had continued in recent months despite periodic flare-ups along the LoC. The DGMOs used to speak on the hotline when there is a specific request from one side, the people added.