New Delhi: Even though India and Pakistan have agreed to observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control, the Indian Army is a bit skeptical about a belligerent Pakistan Army toeing the line of the pacts.
A cautious Indian Army is walking the path carefully and is prepared for any untoward eventuality.
“Peace processes in the past derailed either because of acts of terror or Pakistan Army’s belligerence. We always remain prepared to meet any eventuality. But, we remain cautiously optimistic,” Army officials said when asked on whether India was committing mistake by having a ceasefire agreement with Pakistan.
Both countries agreed to strictly observe all ceasefire agreements along the LoC and other bordering sectors, effective from Wednesday midnight, during a meeting between Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan, a joint statement released on Thursday stated.
It is to be noted here that India and Pakistan had signed a ceasefire agreement back in 2003, but that was hardly followed in letter or in spirit over the years as more and more border violations disrupted the pact.
Peace processes in past derailed either because of acts of terror or Pak army’s belligerence.We always remain prepared to meet any eventuality. But, we remain cautiously optimistic: Army officials on whether India was committing mistake by having a ceasefire agreement with Pak— ANI (@ANI) February 25, 2021
“Our actions in the past few instances have clearly indicated our resolve. We retain the right to respond,” the Army officials said on India’s course of action in case of another terror attack.
The DGMOs discussed the established mechanism of hotline contact and reviewed the situation along the LoC.
“In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGMOs agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence. Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight of February 24/25,” the joint statement read.