India-Pakistan Current Affairs - 2020

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India-Pakistan Flag Meeting decides to defuse situation on LoC

India and Pakistan have agreed to exercise restraint and work to defuse the situation on Line of Control (LoC) which has been witnessing repeated ceasefire violations.

This decision was taken at Indo-Pak Flag Meeting held at Chakan-da-Bagh LoC crossing point in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir between the senior Army officers of the two countries.

In this meeting Indian side was represented by Brigadier H S Sareen while the Pakistani side was led by Brigadier Osman. Both nations also addressed a host of issues regarding ongoing ceasefire violations, sniping action and targeting of civilians on the LoC.

This is the first Flag Meeting between both countries held at the level of Brigadiers after nearly 20 days of heavy firing and shelling by Pakistani troops in Poonch district along the LoC.

Ceasefire Violations: Till September 2015, Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire 25 times by shelling Indian civilian and military positions.

It should be noted that the last Brigade Commander level meeting between both neighbours was held in September 2014 after the LoC saw forty-five days of heavy firing by Pakistani troops since 1971.

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India, Pakistan agree to maintain peace along border after DG level talks

India and Pakistan have started a three-day Director General (DG)-level border dialogue in New Delhi.

Director General (DG) Border Security Force (BSF) D K Pathak is leading 23 member Indian delegation and his counterpart Major General Umar Farooq Burki, DG  of Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) is leading a 16 members Pakistani delegation.

Both the delegations also have representatives from respective Home and Foreign ministries along with officers from narcotics control and survey department.

In this dialogue both sides have

  • Decided to devise new strategies along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to put an end to incidents of ceasefire violations.
  • Agreed maintenance of peace and tranquility on the border is the most important issue and this needs to be implemented on the ground.

India also has suggested that rather than debating and contesting about the past incidents, both sides should work on a future strategy in order to make the border peaceful and safe for the troops and civilians alike.

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