Srinagar, Oct. 29: Indian and Pakistani border forces held a flag meeting today, after what sources said was back channel negotiations at the diplomatic level, and agreed to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement and defuse tension on the International Border in Jammu.
For the past four days, a fragile peace had been prevailing on the 192km long International Border because of no ceasefire violations.
The development came two weeks after fresh escalation of tension along the International Border, which had left two jawans dead and two dozen people, mostly civilians, injured. Hundreds of others had abandoned their homes to escape the shelling from the Pakistani side.
A junior commissioned officer, however, died yesterday on the LoC in a firing from the Pakistan side. The army, which guards the LoC, had refused to call it a ceasefire violation.
The meeting started at 11.30am at the Octroi border outpost in the RS Pora sector. The Indian side was led by DIG (BSF) J.C. Singla and the Pakistani Rangers by Brigadier Mateen, the Sialkot sector commander. Singla said the move would help farmers harvest their crop.