The Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan met on Tuesday and agreed upon “fully implementing the 2003 Ceasefire Pact in letter and spirit forthwith” and maintain peace by avoiding cross firing at the sensitive Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir.

The LoC witnessed heaviest ceasefire violations in past three months from both Indian and Pakistani side – breaking all records since both countries had agreed to follow the Ceasefire Pact in 2003. After such heavy violations of the pact, the Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan met on Tuesday, May 29 and “agreed to fully implement the Ceasefire Understanding of 2003 in letter and spirit forthwith” on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. The agreement will help both countries to maintain peace at the borders and is seen as a significant step forward in the thawing of relations between India and Pakistan.

Furthermore, both DGMOs issued a notice to their respective armies that the Ceasefire Pact will not be violated by both sides and if there arises any issue, ceasefire will be restrained and the issue will be solved using Hotline Contacts and Border Flag Meetings at Local Commanders’ Level. This means, both armies have agreed to not conduct cross firing at the LoC and henceforth not break the Ceasefire pact – as of now. While this is seen to be a significant step in maintaining peace, the question is, how long will this pact be followed by both armies – especially without any political dialogue involved?

Considering the fact that this isn’t the first time that Indian and Pakistani armies have decided to get back to the 2003 Ceasefire Pact – and there has been violations too. Will this time be any different? Well, this time, adhering to maintaining peace at the LoC and the IB is a logical step for both sides. There are ministerial-level signs of positivity too, as Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman’s positive take on Pakistan army’s chief’s suggestion for the peaceful resolution of India-Pakistan disputes. In coming days, there is a possibility of positive bilateral consultations preceding the DGMO agreement – because “any comment on wanting peace between India and Pakistan will definitely be taken seriously”.

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