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India, Pak commanders to hold flag meet on Monday

January 13, 2013 16:04 IST
A day after the IAF chief said India may have to "look at some other options" if Pakistan continues to violate the ceasefire on the Line of Control with impunity, the latter on Sunday agreed to hold first Brigadier-level flag meet on Monday.

The meeting between India and Pakistan commanders will be held in Poonch at 1 pm on Monday.

India will reportedly strongly protest against jawan's beheading at flag meeting and demand the severed head. Notably, Pakistan has agreed to hold a flag meeting at the brigade level only after repeated requests from India and its Army to de-escalate tension along the Line of Control.

Indian and Pakistan troops on late Saturday night traded heavy gunfire along the LoC in Poonch sector after the movement of a group of suspected infiltrators was detected, in fresh escalation of tension.

Earlier on Saturday, the Indian government said it would not buckle to "wild calls for revenge and reaction" over the killing and beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops.

However, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne termed violations of the LoC and the 2003 ceasefire agreement by Pakistan as "totally unacceptable".

"We are watching the situation carefully, if the violations continue, perhaps we may have to think of some other options for compliance," he had said, but declined to elaborate on the options.

"Options are options...If violations continue we might have to look at the whole issue again." 

Border tensions between India and Pakistan have risen sharply since the January 06 death of a Pakistani soldier in alleged firing by Indian forces along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Two days later, Pakistani soldiers killed and beheaded two Indian soldiers in the Mendhar sector in Poonch district.

In Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, the civil society appealed to the governments of India and Pakistan to restore peace and respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement.
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