Pakistan orders its troops to maintain restraint, observe ceasefire at Line of Control

New Delhi:  Pakistan has reportedly ordered its army to observe ceasefire and maintain restraint after India said there have been at least five incidents of cease-fire violation since Monday's flag meeting. Earlier, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) from India spoke to his Pakistan counterpart and both reportedly agreed to de-escalate tension at the Line of Control. Pakistan's foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar too offered to hold talks with her Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid to sort out the concerns at the Line of Control.
Here are the 10 latest developments:
  1. The Indian Army on Wednesday released photographs of landmines that it says were planted by Pakistani troops in Indian territory. The Army says it shared these photographs with Pakistan at Monday's flag meeting, where Brigadiers from both countries discussed the tension along the Line of Control. Pakistan has denied all charges that it has initiated aggression or entered Indian territory.
  2. The mines shown in the photographs released by the Indian Army have markings that say they were made in ordnance factories in Pakistan. The mines were reportedly recovered very close to Indian posts.
  3. When the pictures were shown to the Pakistan side during the flag meeting on Monday, it refused to accept them and returned the file to Indian officials, sources in the Defence Ministry say.
  4. At the meeting, India lodged a strong protest against the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) and also expressed concern at the barbaric way Pakistani troops treated the bodies of the two Indian soldiers who were killed last week. But the Pakistani side, the Army said, denied all charges and was "adamant and arrogant" in its attitude. New Delhi has expressed unhappiness over the outcome of the meeting.
  5. Pakistan has continued to fire at Indian posts even after the meeting - there have been five ceasefire violations since Monday. The Army said Indian troops did not retaliate.
  6. But Pakistan's army alleged this morning that Indian troops violated the ceasefire on the LoC yesterday and "carried out unprovoked firing" in Hotspring and Jandrot sectors killing one of its soldiers at the Kundi post.
  7. Pakistan's DGMO lodged a protest with his Indian counterpart about the alleged incident today. India has denied Pakistan's allegation and is said to have suggested that the death could have been caused due to retaliatory firing by the Indian side. Sources say India's DGMO had conveyed that Pakistan must stop firing at Indian posts if it wants to check such incidents.
  8. Army chief General Bikram Singh on Wednesday visited the family of Lance Naik Hemtraj Singh, one of the two jawans who were killed by Pakistani troops last week. "If a Pakistani soldier has been killed, it may have been in retaliatory firing. We have not crossed the Line of Control," he said, reiterating that India had "never violated human rights, but when they fire, we also fire."
  9. Ms Khar had on Tuesday described General Bikram Singh's words in Monday's press conference as "very hostile". She also alleged in New York that there is "war mongering coming from across the border," adding that while her country is committed to peace and making relations with India normal, "statements coming in from the highest levels in India, that up the ante, are disappointing."
  10. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his first direct comments since two Indian soldiers were brutally killed by Pakistani troops last week, said on Tuesday that it "cannot be business as usual" with Islamabad given the current situation. Speaking to NDTV, the Prime Minister said, "Those responsible for this crime will have to be brought to book" and hoped "Pakistan realises this". Dr Singh was referring to the mutilation of the bodies of the two Indian jawans, Lance Naik Hemraj Singh and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh; Hemraj Singh's body was beheaded.

    (With inputs from PTI)

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