NEW DELHI: After the militaries of India and Pakistan agreed not to violate the 10-year-old ceasefire after the tragic events of the past 10 days, normalcy seems to have returned to the Line of Control (LoC) at least for the time being.
The Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries agreed to maintain the ceasefire after the killings and counter-killings of soldiers by the two sides over the past 10 days.
An Indian army statement said in Delhi, “The Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan Wednesday had agreed not to violate the ceasefire and exercise maximum restraint.’’
The tit-for-tat killings began after the January 6 killing of a Pakistani soldier by the Indian army. On Jan 8, Pakistanis killed and mutilated the bodies of two Indian soldiers, including the beheading of one of them.
India responded to the ghastly crime against the Geneva convention by ordering a tit-for-tat response along the Line of Control (LoC).
“I have given very categorical directions to the Northern Command. When we are provoked, we shall respond immediately. I expect my commanders to be aggressive in the face of firing. We will retaliate to Pakistan’s attack at a place and time of our choosing,” said Indian army chief Gen Bikram Singh.
On Wednesday, the army chief met the family of Lance Naik Hemraj – who was beheaded by the Pakistanis after his killing – at Shernagar village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
Even as Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar offered India to hold talks between foreign ministers over LoC violations, India remained adamant on Wednesday, insisting that those who brutalized the bodies of the two Indian soldiers be brought to book.