India, Pak DGMOs hold meet to ‘de-escalate’ tensions

The Director General of Military Operation (DGMO) level talks were held between Indian and Pakistani side here today to de-escalate the tensions prevailing along the border.

A central government spokesman said that the DGMO level talks on behest of Pakistan’s DGMO was held on 17 Jul 17. During the talks the Pak DGMO raised the issues of targeting of Pakistan Army troops which resulted in the death of four Pakistani soldiers and one civilian in Athmuqam sector of Pakistan ‘occupied’ Kashmir opposite Indian Keren Sector, Kupwara District.

Indian DGMO in response highlighted that all cease fire violations were initiated by Pakistan Army and the Indian Army only responded appropriately to them. Apart from these, firing by Indian troops was initiated against armed intruders when attempting to infiltrate from close proximity of Pak posts along the Line of Control (LC).

DGMO also put across emphatically that the trend of infiltration along the LC continued with active support of Pak forward posts impacting peace and tranquillity along the LC and also the internal security situation. “This was evident from continued attempts of sniping and targeting of our troops undertaken through cross border actions duly supported by Pakistani Army troops.

DGMO made it implicit that Indian Army reserved the right to retaliate appropriately to any incident of violation of ceasefire but is sincere in its effort of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LC provided there was reciprocity,’’ said a government official.

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