Pakistan, India DGMOs agree to hold flag meeting, cool tensions along LoC

Published: August 26, 2014
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BSF Director General said the firing across the border was the worst ever since 1971.PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

BSF Director General said the firing across the border was the worst ever since 1971.PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

NEW DELHI: After a week of intense shelling and firing over the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary near Sialkot which had left at least two civilians dead, the director generals of military operations of Pakistan and India engaged over the hotline to de-escalate tensions between the two countries, with all were discussed including the possibility of a flag meeting between the area commanders of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers.

A statement from Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR) said both sides had mutually agreed to reduce tension along the LoC and working boundary.

However, India did not act on a reported request by Pakistan for a meeting of the two DGMOs.

Indian media reported that Islamabad had requested for a meeting of the DGMOs three days ago as tensions along the LoC escalated.

Meanwhile, Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with the three heads of the Indian military amid renewed firing on the border to take stock of the military situation.

The matter also took a political turn as government ally Shiv Sena demanded that ‘enough was enough’ and asked the government to take the war “to Pakistani soil” to end the proxy war once for all.

On the other hand, there was total silence from the Indian government on the Pakistani demand, suggesting it was not taking it seriously.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh is also expected to visit the border firing-hit areas on August 29.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Ishan
    Aug 26, 2014 - 10:34PM

    We should resolve our border dispute ASAP.. Why should we waste too much money on armed forces whereas a lot of people hardly manage to earn enough for food on both side.Recommend

  • Strategic Asset
    Aug 27, 2014 - 1:52AM

    It was in August last year that 5 Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed as they were sleeping near the LoC. 55 Indian soldiers lost their lives in 2013 due to shelling mostly in the months of August and September. In August 2011 too, there were similar incidents of shelling. August and September are typically the months for Pakistani infiltration as there is dense jungle foliage after the rains and the mud trails turn slushy and dangerous for routine patrolling. After mid-October, the vegetation is mostly brush and the weather turns icy cold preventing further infiltration until the following year. October or November are usually the months when some sort of truce is reached.

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  • K Raja
    Aug 27, 2014 - 2:37AM

    Seems like india is planning to be adventurous considering Pakistan’s army is engaged on many fronts and india being the foremost enemy is gonna take advantage of it.

    If india opens a front for Pak Army, Afghanistan will back stab us too. Pak army must tread carefully. It’s high time we must stand united Politically to fight.

    India doesn’t probably realise, Pakidtan doesn’t have much to loose if India is going to bring war to our doorsteps, than we must return the tabor in kind.

    United we stand; divided we fall

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  • kulwant singh
    Aug 27, 2014 - 4:37AM

    We don’t want war we want peace so that a common man on both sides may be able to earn something to feed his family, Shiv Sena want war they are free to go to the border and fight but please pity on us.

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  • Haider
    Aug 27, 2014 - 12:23PM

    @kulwant singh
    Very nice….We also want peace…Extremits on Both sides….Have u noticed…people on both side are good…but governments,militaries, extemists plus media creating tensions
    @Strategic Asset
    Many people on Pakistan side also being killed……..Recommend

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