India, Pakistan hold flag meeting

The armies of India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to keep their communication channels open to discuss and solve the minor issues of the people living along the Line of Control (LoC) on both the sides, said a top army officer here.
India, Pakistan hold flag meeting
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The armies of India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to keep their communication channels open to discuss and solve the minor issues of the people living along the Line of Control (LoC) on both the sides, said a top army officer here.

"A Battalion Commanders Level Flag meet was held at Chakan–Da–Bagh, Poonch where officers of both the countries shared equal concern over security of their citizens who inadvertently become the target of firing and shelling from either side, said a top army officers.

"The representatives of the two nations discussed the situation at the LoC in the aftermath of recent ceasefire violations in Shahpur sector of Poonch," he said.

He added that both armies shared details of 'innocent' civilian casualties of their respective sides and deliberated that people along the border are living under sense of fear.

The officer added that both armies delegation also maintained that firing of high trajectory weapons by armies only leads to civilian casualties, which is needed to be addressed on priority,"

"To avoid the ceasefire violations and to solve minor issue of border residence both armies have decided to keep, already established, communication channel open for exchange of instant Hot Line messages and holding Flag meetings," the officer said.

He further added that both sides mutually agreed to the importance of exercising restraint on the line of control.

He further informed that Indian Army also shared details on Border Area Development Programme (BADP) proposal for construction of bunkers near line of Control (LoC) for the villagers with their counterparts in the meeting.

S N Acharya, Officiating Defence Spokesperson Jammu said that meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and representative of both sides acknowledged each other's efforts in maintaining peace and tranquility on the Line of Control in the recent past.

"Both sides decided to take forward the peace process initiated since the Brigade Commander Level Flag meeting held in September 2015," he added.

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