New Delhi (Sputnik) — Indian and Pakistani armed forces have agreed to institute mechanisms for peace and tranquility at the border amid increased reports of ceasefire violations by both sides.
“Indian and Pakistan armies held a battalion commander-level flag meeting at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch Sector in the backdrop of numerous ceasefire violations and casualties to the civilian population in the past several months,” a statement from the Indian Army said.
Both the sides also discussed the resumption of trade and transit through Chakan-Da-Bagh route. Earlier, India had stopped trade through Chakan-Da-Bagh in July after heavy shelling by the Pakistani army.
However, following the killing of an Indian paramilitary personnel and his wife in an alleged unprovoked Pakistani shelling at Khari Karmara, trade and travel through Chakkan Da Bagh were suspended. Some 116 Pakistan travelers, who had come to the Indian side through Chakkan Da Bagh and been stranded on the Indian side for the past seven weeks, were sent home via Uri-Muzaffarabad road on Monday last.
Frequent skirmishes between the two armies have forced almost 3000 people on the Indian side of the border to leave their homes in search of peaceful abodes elsewhere. Thousands of displaced Kashmiris have been staying in temporary camps built by the administration.