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Indo-Pak meet on ceasefire

Islamabad, Dec. 17: The chiefs of the Pakistani and Indian military operations will meet next week to discuss ways to hold the ceasefire along the Line of Control.

“The Director General of Military Operations of Pakistan has invited his Indian counterpart for a meeting to strengthen the mechanisms to ensure ceasefire on the Line of Control,” foreign ministry spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said today.

She said the meeting will take place on December 24.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently called for sincere and constructive measures by the two countries to reduce tension on the LoC and to ensure that the ceasefire agreement of 2003 remains intact.

He said the DGMOs of the two sides should meet at the earliest to find out ways to prevent further ceasefire violations on the LoC.

The relations between the two countries soured after they blamed each other of violating the ceasefire along the LoC in August.

India accused Pakistani troops of killing its six soldiers in Kashmir early last month while Islamabad also blamed Indian troops of committing a series of ceasefire violations along the LoC.

The increased level of tension led to suspension of the dialogue process between the two countries which began in 2004.