India-Pakistan Flag Meeting On LoC Today
20 September 2015
Times of India
: India and Pakistan will hold a brigadier-level flag meeting on the Line of Control in the Poonch sector of J&K on Monday in a bid to restore the 'sanctity' of the border ceasefire, which has frayed with both sides opening heavy fire at each other in recent months. 'The brigade commander-level flag meeting will be held at the Chakan da Bagh crossing on the LoC. The ceasefire violations have escalated in the last few days, resulting in large number of civilian causalities and collateral damage to properties. The field commanders from both sides will discuss the modalities to defuse the tense situation,' said an Army spokesperson. Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire 23 times already this month, shelling Indian civilian and military positions using 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons. 'The violations just along the LoC (manned by the Army) are over 150 till now. The violations along the International Border, where BSF is deployed, are much more,' said an officer. After the recent meeting between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers chiefs in New Delhi, a similar one between the two DGMOs is likely to be held soon. When the two DGMOs had last met at the Wagah-Attari border in December 2013, it had led to a noticeable drop in ceasefire violations and infiltration bids, which often go together since the Pakistan army gives 'covering fire' to help militants sneak into India. But it had proved to be quite short-lived, with ceasefire violations once registering a huge jump.