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India, Pakistan agree to a ceasefire
Josy Joseph in Delhi | November 25, 2003 13:45 IST
Last Updated: November 25, 2003 14:27 IST
The Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan on Friday agreed to observe a ceasefire along the International Border, Line of Control and Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The two agreed to observe a ceasefire with effect from midnight tonight," Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Navtej Sarna said.
On Monday India had welcomed the Pakistan offer but had said for a lasting ceasefire along the LoC, infiltration of terrorists must end. India had also offered ceasefire along the AGPL running from the end of LOC to Siachen glacier.
Though details of DGMOs' conversations are not available, sources indicated that
India has open the option of firing on terrorists if they infiltrate. "If terrorists come in we reserve the right to target them. The ceasefire is between the two armies," an army officer said.
There have been several intelligence warnings in the recent times about terrorists grouping across the border waiting to infiltrate into the Jammu area.
With the ceasefire the two sides would not target each other's posts and personnel.
Officials speculate the next step would be technical dialogue between the two countries for starting the new bus and rail routes as suggested by India on October 22.