OUR CORRESPONDENT /NEW DELHI/
Directors General of Military Operations level talks were held between India and Pakistan today, with regard to ceasefire violations allegedly being committed by troops of both countries on the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, Indian Army said, during the talks, Pakistan’s DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza raised the issue of Indian troops targeting their Pakistani counterparts, resulting in the death of four Pakistani soldiers in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Indian Army’s DGMO, Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt, highlighted that all cease-fire violations were initiated by Pakistan, and the Indian Army only responded appropriately to them. He stated that Indian Army reserves the right to retaliate appropriately to any incident of violation of ceasefire.
Lt Gen Bhatt reiterated that the Indian Army is sincere about maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LoC. He also emphasised that the trend of infiltration continued with active support of Pakistan’s forward posts impacting peace and tranquility along LoC and also internal security situation.
The last DGMO-level talks took place on 5th June this year on the request of the Pakistan side. The Pakistani side then lodged a protest over the alleged killing of some civilians on their side by Indian Army’s retaliatory firing to Pakistani ceasefire violations, which was strongly denied by the Indian side.