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India and Pakistan reach a historic agreement on 2003 ceasefire

Darpan News Desk Darpan, 26 Feb, 2021
  • India and Pakistan reach a historic agreement on 2003 ceasefire

Its a first for the two nations India and Pakistan on Thursday said that they have agreed to cease the 2003 fire under a joint agreement. The agreement is in effect as of midnight. 

The decision came after talks between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGsMO) over the established hotline on February 22.

There is a discussion by officials from the Military Operations directorate every Tuesday but the DGsMO speak only when one side requests a conversation.

However, Army sources re-emphasized that there would be “no let-up” in counter-terror operations as a result of the agreement, adding that the agreement with Pakistan was “an attempt to bring violence levels down”, but the Army retained the “right to respond” in case there is a terror attack in the future. 

Pakistan’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs Moeed Yusuf called the agreement a “win” for Pakistan. He said the agreement followed “efforts behind the scenes”.

In a tweet, he denied that the talks were the result of “back-channel diplomacy” between him and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and had resulted from the “direct channel” between the DGsMO.
Mr. Yusuf answered journalists  to questions about the agreement. “So, this is our success, the success of diplomacy and god willing more roads will open in the future, so that the resolution of Kashmir that we want, the way we want will happen,” he stated. 
 
Photo courtesy of Istock. 

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