Published On: Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
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Pak-India DGMOs agrees to make hotline contact result oriented

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Indian militaries, Tuesday, agreed to make Hotline Contact between the two Director General Military Operations (DGMOs) more effective and result oriented.

Both sides also decided to hold two flag meetings between Brigade Commanders on the Line of Control in the near future, to ensure maintenance of peace and tranquillity along the Line of Control.

This consensus was developed at a meeting of DGMOs level held at Wagha in Pakistani side.
The meeting pondered over the issues related to Line of Control (LoC), Working Boundary (WB) and implementation of ceasefire agreement inked in 2003.

This meeting was held after an interval of 14 years between both the countries.

The five-member Pakistani delegation was headed by DGMO Major General Aamer Riaz and was assisted by on Brigadier and three Lieutenant Colonels while the six-member Indian delegation was headed by DGMO Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia and was assisted by two Brigadiers and three Lieutenant Colonels ranked officers.

On the arrival, the Indian delegation was welcomed with due protocol and taken to conference room where they held meeting which prolonged more than one hundred minutes.

According to ISPR, the meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere. Both DGMOs showed their commitment to maintain the sanctity and ceasefire on the Line of Control and agreed to re-energize the existing mechanisms.

Consensus was developed to make Hotline Contact between the two DGMOs more effective and result oriented. It was also decided to inform each other if any innocent civilian inadvertently crosses Line of Control, in order to ensure his / her early return.

To carry forward the positive spirit of DGMOs meeting, two flag meetings between Brigade Commanders will be held on the Line of Control in the near future, to ensure maintenance of peace and tranquillity along the Line of Control. Both sides reiterated resolve and commitment to continue efforts for ensuring ceasefire, peace and tranquillity on the Line of Control.

The ISPR said that decision meeting between DGMOs was a political one made by premiers of both the countries at their meeting at New York at the sidelines UNGA session in September. Following this decision, DGMO Aamer Riaz made a contact with his Indian counterpart on hotline and extended an invitation for meeting.

The meeting has significance because it held in the backlash of violations of ceasefire agreement by Indian forces at LoC, WB and even international border between both the countries which started from the beginning of current year.

According to defence analysts, Indian forces started committing ceasefire agreement violations to divert attention of Indian public from burning internal issues; increasing incidents of gang rape, statement of former Indian Army Chief about bribing Kashmiri leadership, state level elections and others.

Even Indian army made high claims of victory over militants in a huge military operation in Kern Sector near LoC, but Indian media disclosed that no military operation carried in the said locality.