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India, Pakistan review ceasefire

December 10, 2003 17:33 IST

Indian and Pakistani military officials have reviewed the ceasefire along the line of control and international border.

At a flag meeting in Sialkot on Tuesday, wing commander of Pakistan's Chenab Rangers Colonel Nadeem and Border Security Force battalion commander Colonel Rajesh Gupta hoped that the truce would continue.

The meeting, which was the first on Pakistani soil after the ceasefire, was held in a "warm" and "friendly" atmosphere, Pakistani officials were quoted as saying by local daily The News.

Later, Col Gupta told the Pakistani media that the ceasefire had brought a sigh of relief to thousands of villagers on both sides of the working boundary.

"Now the atmosphere of fear and terror has evaporated and people are happily working in their fields," he said.

Asked about the fencing along the LoC, which Pakistan has objected to, Col Gupta said it was being done to stop terrorists from infiltrating. "We are erecting the fence on the Indian soil, along the working border and it is in the best interest of both the countries."

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