Top army personnels from India and Pakistan will hold a flag meeting in the Poonch sector on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday in a bid to restore peace along the region, with both sides trading heavy fire in recent months.
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The flag meeting will be of the brigade commander-level to held at the Chakan da Bagh crossing on the LoC. With ceasefire violation increasingly rising, resulting in large number of civilian casualties, the fiekd commanders of both sides will discuss the modalities to defuse the tension.
Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire 23 times already this month, shelling Indian civilian and military positions using 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons. "The violations just along the LoC (manned by the Army) are over 150 till now. The violations along the International Border, where BSF is deployed, are much more," said an officer.
After the recent meeting between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers chiefs in New Delhi, a similar one between the two DGMOs is likely to be held soon. When the two DGMOs had last met at the Wagah-Attari border in December 2013, it had led to a noticeable drop in ceasefire violations and infiltration bids, which often go together since the Pakistan army gives "covering fire" to help militants sneak into India. But it had proved to be quite short-lived, with ceasefire violations once registering a huge jump.