Pakistan‚ India DGMOs meet to discuss LoC situtation

Eurasia News

LAHORE: A meeting of the Directors General Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India is underway on the Pakistani side of the Wagah border today (Tuesday) to work out a mechanism to ease tension and ensure peace at the Line of Control (LoC).

Major General Aamer Riaz is representing Pakistan while India is being represented by Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia. One brigadier and three lieutenant colonels from each side are also participating in the talks to assist their heads.

The DGMOs of the two countries are discussing issues pertaining to tension on (LoC) and other related issues on the working boundary with a focus to maintain ceasefire and bring normalcy.

Meanwhile‚ in a statement the Inter-Services of Public Relations (ISPR) said that decision for holding meeting between Pakistan and Indian DGMOs was taken on political level.

On Monday, a senior military official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Pakistan is expected to seek a bigger role for the UN military observers deployed along the LoC when the DGMOs of India and Pakistan meet for the first time in 14 years on Tuesday, according to Indian media reports.

“Pakistan is going into the talks with a positive frame of mind as it does not want further escalation in tensions,” the official was quoted as saying by the Indian media.

The official said that Pakistan would push for a greater role of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), in addition to proposing the reinforcement of the 2003 ceasefire agreement to avoid further hostilities between the two nuclear neighbours.

“Pakistan will urge India to allow UNMOGIP to work freely so that it can effectively ensure ceasefire on both sides of the LoC,” the official said.

“We have given UN military observers unhindered access on our side of the LoC, but they do not enjoy the same freedom on the Indian side…Their movement has been highly restricted by India,” he added.

The UNMOGIP was established in 1949 under the resolution passed by the UN Security Council to supervise ceasefire along the LoC.