NEW DELHI: India’s army has reached an “understanding” with Pakistan to “de-escalate” military tensions in Kashmir after a recent deadly flare-up in the disputed border region, a military spokesperson told AFP Wednesday.
“An understanding has been arrived at between the two director-generals of military operations to de-escalate the situation along the Line of Control,” spokesperson Jagdeep Dahiya said in reference to the de facto border in Kashmir.
Dahiya said that the two sides’ senior military commanders had spoken for 10 minutes over the telephone where they reached their agreement.
“The two DGMOs spoke to each other at 10:00 am (local time) for 10 minutes and the Pakistan DGMO said strict instructions have been passed not to violate the ceasefire,” he said.
Dahiya said Indian troops stationed along the border would also not breach the ceasefire forged between the two nuclear-armed rivals in 2003.
“We have always upheld the ceasefire and have only retaliated,” the spokesperson said.
He did not give further details of the conversation between India’s DGMO Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia and his Pakistani counterpart, Major General Ashfaq Nadeem.
An ISPR press release stated that Pakistan lodged strong protest over Tuesday night cease-fire violation by Indians.
An Indian military source in Kashmir told AFP there had been no cross-border firing since the two generals spoke.
The Indian army’s chief of staff had on Monday ordered his commanders to give an “aggressive” response to any firing by Pakistani forces along the de facto border in disputed Kashmir.
“We expect our commanders to be aggressive,” General Bikram Singh said ahead of a meeting between Indian and Pakistani commanders to discuss a recent deadly flare-up in the region.
“The orders are very clear: when provoked, I expect my unit commanders should fire back,” he added.
Pakistan army to protest against death of soldier
The Pakistani army said on Wednesday it will protest to India over the killing of another Pakistani soldier in Kashmir, the fifth fatality in hostilities between the nuclear-armed neighbours this year.
Indian troops shot dead the soldier at a position called Kundi during firing from the Indian side of the Line of Control in the disputed Himalayan territory, Pakistan’s army said in a statement.
The Indian defence ministry declined to comment.