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Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The first meet­ing be­tween the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Mil­i­tary Op­er­a­tions (DGMO) of Pak­istan and In­dia was held at the Wa­gah bor­der. The ob­ject of the meet­ing was to de­vise a plan to pre­vent cease­fire vi­o­la­tions at the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in the dis­puted Hi­malayan ter­ri­tory of Kash­mir.

Pak­istan’s DGMO Ma­jor Gen­eral Amir Riaz had in­vited his In­dian coun­ter­part Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Vinod Bha­tia for a meet­ing to “strengthen the mech­a­nisms to en­sure cease­fire on the LoC,” read a state­ment is­sued by the for­eign min­istry.

This was the first time that the DGMOs from the two nu­clear-armed neigh­bors held face-to-face talks. One bri­gadier from each side and three lieu­tenant colonels were also present at the meet­ing. “The meet­ing took place in a good at­mos­phere,” said the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of In­ter Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (DG-ISPR). De­ci­sion for the meet­ing of DGMOs was taken on a po­lit­i­cal level, he fur­ther added.

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