India, Pak hold flag meeting along LoC

Even as the chief of the Indian army on Monday, in a clear warning to Pakistan, said that India reserves the right to retaliate at the "time and place of its choice", the armies of both sides held a flag meeting along the Line of Control (LoC)

at Chakan da Bagh in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

According to army chief General Bikram Singh, "Pakistan's aggression along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir is "pre-planned and pre-meditated". The tough-talking army chief also said the Indian Army would uphold the ceasefire as long as it is maintained.

"We will uphold the ceasefire as long as it is maintained. We reserve the right to retaliate at the time and place of our choosing. Our response to Pakistani firing at our posts along the LoC is measured and perfect." The army chief denied any operation conducted by Indian Army on January 6 as alleged by Pakistan.

"The entire misinformation campaign launched by Pakistan is based on lies. Pakistan has been looking for an opportunity to justify its action. The sequence of events as we have seen by Pakistan is clearly pre-meditated and pre-planned," he said. On demilitarisation in Jammu and Kashmir, the army chief said, "It must be carried out only after consideration of views of all stake holders."

Trade between the Indian and Pakistani Kashmir, which takes place four days a week (Tuesday to Friday), stopped on January 9 when Pakistani authorities did not open the border gates along the LoC.

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