Pakistan, India DGMOs to Meet Today over LoC Ceasefire


Lahore: The Director General Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India will meet at Wagah Border on Tuesday to explore the measures to ensure ceasefire along Line of Control (Loc).

Accompanied by a team of four military officers apiece, Major General Amir Riaz and Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia will meet on Pakistan’s side of Wagah Border at 11am to mark the first meeting between DGMOs of two countries after 14 years.

The DGMOs of two countries had last met in 1999.

Major General Riaz had sent an invitation to his Indian counterpart last week for the meeting which he accepted.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian premier Manmohan Singh, during a meeting in New York on in September, had decided to task the high-ranking military officials of both countries to figure out a mechanism to ease tensions and maintain ceasefire.

The two countries had signed a bilateral agreement of ceasefire in November 2003, but it has been sporadically breached, with both sides repeatedly accusing each other of launching cross-border attacks.

Over the past few months, the border security forces of two countries have exchanged fire several on several counts, resulting in the killing of several personnel and civilians of both sides. However the situation has been improved in the last couple of months and guns are relatively silent.