Ceasefire violation: Pak to hold flag meeting tomorrow

Sunday, January 13, 2013
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New Delhi: India and Pakistan will hold a flag meeting of Brigade Commanders in Poonch sector on Monday to diffuse tension along the Line of Control (LoC) on the issue of ceasefire violations.

Earlier, the Indian Army had sent a hotline message to the Pakistan Army on January 11 asking for a flag meeting to discuss the issues of barbaric mutilation of two soldiers by Pakistani troops (as India consider).

Both the sides traded fire overnight after a bid by infiltrators to sneak in was foiled by the Indian army near the Krishnaghati area in Poonch. However, in exchange of fire no casualties or injuries have been reported there.

It has been expected that in the flag meeting India may strongly protest the Pakistani intrusion, beheading of soldier and ceasefire violation on the border line area.

"Brigade Commanders' flag meeting is being held tomorrow at Chakan-Da-Bagh LoC point in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir at noon," Public Relation Officer (PRO), Defence, Col RK Palta told a Indian news agency.

At New Delhi Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai who had lodged a strong protest over the barbaric incident has already summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Salman Bashir.  

Confidence Building Measures (CMBs) of cross-LoC trade and travel are also expected to come up for discussion during the flag meeting.

There are regularly incidents along the 740-kilometer Line of Control that divides the two countries in Kashmir, but officials on both sides say these latest killings represent an escalation in tensions not seen since a cease-fire agreement was reached in 2003.
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