Army commanders of India, Pakistan meet at Line of Control; agree to have mechanism for durable peace
August 23, 2017 | 9:24 PM
Indian and Pakistan Army officials during a Battalion Commander Level Flag meeting at Line of Control in Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch Sector on Wednesday. Photo - PTI

Jammu: Senior Army commanders of India and Pakistan on Wednesday held a flag meeting on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir against the backdrop of numerous ceasefire violations and agreed to institute mechanisms for durable peace and tranquillity on the border.

At the meeting of Battalion Commander-level officers, the Indian side highlighted "abetment and support of the Pakistan Army to cross-border terrorism, sniping actions on the Line of Control and deliberate targeting of civil population during cease fire violations," a defence ministry spokesman said here.

The two sides agreed to keep the channels of communication open between local commanders at the LoC, he said.

"Indian and Pakistan Army held a Battalion Commander-level flag meeting at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch Sector at 1100 hours today, in the backdrop of numerous ceasefire violations and casualties to civilian population in the past several months," the spokesman said.

"The meeting lasted for 50 minutes in a cordial atmosphere," he added. He said that both sides mutually agreed to the importance of exercising restraint on the LoC and keeping the channels of communication open between local commanders.

Both sides also agreed for necessity to institute mechanisms to ensure durable peace and tranquillity along the Line of Control, the spokesman added. Resumption of trade and transit through Chakan-Da-Bagh was also discussed during the flag meeting, he said.

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