In News: In what has come as a surprise development, the armies of India and Pakistan announced that they had begun observing a ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir from the midnight of February 24th. A joint statement issued by the militaries of both countries said the move followed a discussion between India’s Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen Paramjit Singh Sangha, and his Pakistani counterpart, Maj Gen Nauman Zakaria, over their established telephone hotline.
The statement said: In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGsMO agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have the propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence. Further, both sides reiterated that existing mechanisms of hotline contact and border flag meetings will be utilised to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding.
The United Nations and the United States have hailed the move by India and Pakistan, calling it a positive step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia.
We will have to wait and watch as to how long the fresh commitment to ceasefire along the LoC can hold especially with summers approaching. As a matter of annual routine, terror infiltration bids from Pakistan increase as summer begins in the Kashmir Valley. Melting of ice on the high mountains offers Pakistan an opportunity to foment terrorism in the Valley.