Pakistan-India Ceasefire a Response to Developing Situation in Afghanistan

NEW DELHI—India and Pakistan announced a ceasefire for the first time in two decades on their heavily militarized, disputed border in late February, a development experts said was influenced by the situation in Afghanistan.

The ceasefire can’t be seen as an independent incident and there’s a regional context to the situation that’s determined by the larger border disputes that have persisted in the region since British colonial times, the crisis situation in Afghanistan, and the terrorist machinery that operates across borders between India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, said experts.

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Before the ceasefire on Feb 24, Pakistan resorted to over 4,000 border violations

New Delhi, Mar 13: In 2020, Pakistan resorted to ceasefire violations 4,465 times. The escalation in the violations both along the Line of Control and International Border were after the centre decided to scrap Article 370 in August 2019.

There has been an escalation in ceasefire violations over the past five years. Officials tell OneIndia that these could be attributed to various factors. The surgical strikes, Balakot air strike, heavy security in Jammu and Kashmir and also the fact that the security forces gunned down a large number of terrorists in the past five years.

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Will give ceasefire with Pak the best shot: General Raju

New Delhi, Mar 02: General Officer Commanding of the Army’s 15 Corps, Lieutenant General B S Raju, said that the Army would give the ceasefire with Pakistan the best shot.

We will definitely give it our best shot. To make it successful. If something is happening, we will not be trigger happy. I’m sure the good officers across the border will also make it a success, he also said. 

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Ceasefire being observed by India-Pak along LoC from February 24 midnight

New Delhi, Feb 25: The Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan held discussions over the established mechanism of hotline contact. It was announced that both sides had begun observing a ceasefire along the Line of Control from the midnight of February.

The two sides reviewed the situation along the Line of Control and all other sectors in a free, frank and cordial atmosphere, a joint statement read. 

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