Pakistan And India Abide By The 2003 Ceasefire Agreement, US
A senior US diplomat has said that the United States wants Pakistan and India to restore their ceasefire agreement on Kashmir to reduce ongoing tensions in the disputed Himalayan region.
The statement came as US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells made the remarks. Clahes between Pakistani and Indian forces on the Line of Control have been going on for some time on an almost daily basis. It may be recalled that on May 29, the Pak-India Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) during a hotline contact agreed to abide by the spirit of the 2003 ceasefire agreement.
Ceasefire Violations Continue Intermittently:
According to a statement issued by the Pakistan Army Public Relations (ISPR), measures were also agreed between the Pak-India DGMOs to protect the citizens living along the border. A ceasefire agreement was signed between Pakistan and India on the LoC in 2003.
On Thursday, Pakistan summoned a senior Indian diplomat to the Foreign Office to protest alleged violations of the Line of Control by Indian forces. The 2003 agreement on Kashmir between the two neighboring nuclear powers has almost nullified, and daily clahes have become a daily occurrence, leading to fears of clahes along the Line of Control. Don’t take the form of a regular war between the two countries. The two countries have fought three wars before.
Pakistan And India Claim Ownership Of The Entire Kashmir Region.
“We support the practical implementation of the 2003 LoC Ceasefire Agreement between Pakistan and India,” Wales said at a video-link seminar hosted by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank. At the same time, they urge Pakistan to take credible steps to root out terrorist groups. India, on the other hand, accuses the Pakistani military of escalating clahes along the Line of Control. Under the guise of helping terrorists cross the border.
Ellis Wells, in his speech, noted the Trump administration’s efforts to improve relations with Pakistan and said that its goal was to encourage South Asia to take constructive steps to prevent regional terrorism. This country should be encouraged.
He said that he welcomes the statement of Prime Minister Imran Khan that non-state elements have no role and anyone who crosses the border. He is the enemy of Pakistan and Kashmiris. Wales also welcomed recent steps in Pakistan to prosecute those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The already strained relations between Pakistan and India were further strained last August when New Delhi unilaterally revoked its special status in Kashmir and imposed the toughest lockdown there and the Muslim-majority the state was cut off from the outside world.
Pakistan had rejected India’s move, saying Kashmir was a disputed territory recognized under UN Security Council resolutions.
Wales also praised Pakistan’s support for US efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, which led to the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Taliban and the United States. The signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States in Doha today is going to be a milestone in ending the two-decade-long war in Afghanistan. The Independent Urdu has compiled a timeline for the major events that have taken place in Afghanistan over the past two decades:
October 15, 1999: The United Nations, through Resolution 1267, declares Al Qaeda and the Taliban a terrorist group and imposes sanctions on them. September 9, 2001: Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud is assassinated by al Qaeda.
September 11, 2001: Al Qaeda hijacks four American planes, strikes three at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the United States, and a fourth crahes into a field in Pennsylvania. The hijackers were said to be from Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The then US President George W. Bush declared war on terror and demanded the extradition of al-Qaeda leaders from the Taliban.