'Indo-Pak Armies Agreed To Respect 2003 Ceasefire Pact'

22 September 2015
Greater Kashmir
Yogesh Sagotra

Jammu: Armies of India and Pakistan have agreed to follow the 2003 ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit, a top army officer said Tuesday. Interacting with media-persons here, Lt General RR Nimbhorkar, General Officer Commanding of Army's 16 Corps said 'various mechanisms will now be put in place to maintain peace and tranquility along the Line of Control (LoC).' The GoC was replying to a volley of questions about the outcome of Monday's Brigade Commanders' Flag Meeting held at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch. 'Both the countries are equally concerned over security of their citizens who inadvertently become the target of firing and shelling from both sides and therefore decided to respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement,' Nimbhorkar said. He said the 'main aim' of yesterday's Flag Meeting was 'to sit together and resolve issues including ceasefire violations.' Asked if India conveyed its resentment over alleged ceasefire violations by Pakistan, he said: 'We didn't go to the Flag Meeting with the aim of conveying any message. Basically, the meeting was held to sort out differences over conceptions or misconceptions. Therefore, the Flag Meeting was held in a cordial manner.' Asked if Pakistan should be trusted on commitments it has made during the Flag Meeting, the GoC said: 'I see no reason why they should not be. I have already said the meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere.'