Battalion Commanders of both the Indian and Pakistani armies met at the cross-LoC meeting point at Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch on Tuesday morning and acknowledged each others’ efforts in maintaining peace and tranquillity along the Line of Control in the recent past, Indian reports said.
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They said the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and aimed at taking forward the confidence-building measures initiated during the recent flag meeting of the two sides, Defence Ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta was quoted as saying. The colonel level officers led the respective delegations and they discussed various issues, including ceasefire violations, return of civilians inadvertently crossing the LoC, air space violations and construction activity close to the LoC, he added.
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“In the meeting which lasted for nearly an hour and half, the colonel ranked officers leading the respective delegations acknowledged each other’s efforts in maintaining peace and tranquillity on the Line of Control in the recent past”, Col Mehta said. The spokesperson noted that both the sides agreed to the importance of exercising restraint on the Line of Control and keeping the communication alive through established reconciliation mechanism. “The Flag Meeting ended on a positive note wherein the two sides exchanged pleasantries and sweets at the zero line,” he said.