Manmohan, Sharif agree to work out a way to maintain ceasefire on LoC
Taking their first tentative steps towards putting the peace process back on track, Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif Sunday agreed to have the DGMOs on both sides work out a way to maintain ceasefire on the Line of Control. This would mark the first military-to-military conversation between the two countries.
While the Indian side was reluctant to give out further details, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani later said: "The two DGMOs (director generals of military operations) will meet and establish a joint mechanism for not only investigation of incidents on the LoC, but also to ensure there is no recurrence of violence."
As reported by The Sunday Express, Pakistan had proposed a mechanism on LoC violence in the run-up to the meeting, which could either be at the foreign secretary level or could be a combined group of foreign office and military officials.
New Delhi, it appeared, has put its premium on results this time, which would mean no more LoC violence, an early resumption of the 26/11 trial in Pakistan and taking measures to crack down on anti-India terror groups.
There was no one-on-one session between Singh and Sharif. While India called such high-level meetings "useful", Pakistan went one step further to call these "positive" and "constructive".
Emerging from the hour-long meeting, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon did not speak about any new mechanism. He restricted himself to saying that the two DGMOs will identify measures to restore and maintain peace and tranquillity along the LoC.
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