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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India-Pakistan bonhomie and the need for a mutual legal assistance treaty

india-pak-nsa-meet-pti_650x400_61449475389Why is Pakistan in no hurry to conclude the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) concerning criminal matters with India. There are a host of reasons behind this and the draft that was sent by India in 2005 and 2012 continues to remain pending or in the cold storage.

One must also note that in the absence of the MLAT the visit by the Joint Investigation Team to India to probe the Pathankot attack does not have legal sanctity. V Balachandran, former officer with the Research and Analysis Wing who retired as a Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India explains to OneIndia the reasons why Pakistan has been slow in concluding the MLAT.

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