Srinagar, Feb 25, KNT: India and Pakistan on February 25 in a joint statement said that the two neighbouring countries have agreed for “strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and all other sectors” with effect from February 24-25 midnight.
This was agreed between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) of both countries during discussions over the established hotline, the Indian Ministry of Defence said.
The two sides reviewed the situation along the Line of Control and all other sectors in a free, frank, and cordial atmosphere during the discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact held between the DGsMO of India and Pakistan, the statement said.
In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the border, the two DGsMO agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity and lead to violence, the statement said
“Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings, and cease firing along the Line of Control with effect from midnight 24/25, February 2021,” it said.
Both sides reiterated that the existing mechanism of hotline contact and border flag meetings will be utilized to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding, according to the statement.
The politicians from Kashmir welcomed the joint statement.
Former Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said tweeted: “A big & welcome development that India & Pakistan have agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC. Dialogue is the only way forward if both countries want to stop the unending cycle of violence & bloodshed across the borders and J&K.” (KNT)