After 18 months, India-Pakistan holds flag meet to backdrop tense at LoC
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 24-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 24: In an attempt to de-escalate the recent tension along the Line of Control (LoC), Indian and Pakistani Armies held a flag meeting in Jammu and Kashmir. Both sides agreed to institute mechanisms to ensure durable peace and tranquility along the border.

Indian Army said “against the backdrop of several ceasefire violations by Pakistani Army, a Battalion commander-level flag meeting lasted for 50 minutes, held at the Chakkan Da Bagh border crossing point in Poonch on Wednesday.

 

A Defence Ministry spokesman said in Jammu that the flag meeting was held between Battalion Commander-level officers at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch Sector.

The official said, in the meeting, the Indian side highlighted abetment and support of the Pakistan Army to cross-border terrorism, sniping actions on the LoC and deliberate targeting of civil population during ceasefire violations.

The spokesman said, resumption of trade and transit through Chakan-Da-Bagh was also discussed during the flag meeting.

2017 has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations along the LoC by Pakistan. Till August 1, there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, the figures said adding that last year, eight Army personnel were killed in the ceasefire violations.

Eleven people including nine soldiers were killed and 18 injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan army in the month of July alone.