Defence

India, Pakistan agreement on ceasefire not based on China border situation

By India Today

Hours after the Ministry of Defence said India and Pakistan armies have agreed to cease firing along the Line of Control (LoC), the Indian Army said on Thursday the decision has nothing to do with the situation along the China border. The Army “remains poised to mitigate threats,” an official said.

When asked whether India has agreed to a ceasefire with Pakistan due to the situation along the China border, the Army official said, “The situation along the northern borders has no bearing on our decision along the Line of Control on the western front. The Indian Army maintains preparedness to meet all operational challenges and remains poised to mitigate threats.”

“The concern of the Pakistani Director-General of Military Operations was de-escalation of the situation along the Line of Control and safety of citizens residing along the LOC,” Indian Army officials said.

“We have a history of bitter experiences with Pakistan. The peace processes in the past have been derailed, either because of acts of terror or the Pakistan Army’s belligerence. We are alive to this reality and we always remain prepared to meet any eventuality. However, we remain cautiously optimistic,” the official said.

When asked about India’s course of action if there is a terror attack, the official said, “Our actions in the past few instances have clearly indicated our resolve. We retain the right to respond.”

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