India-Pak agree to hold ceasefire; Antony talks tough

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Srinagar/New Delhi, Jul 30: India asked Pakistan to adhere to existing mechanisms of dealing with ceasefire violations, including flag meetings and Director General Military Operations level talks, even as troops of the two countries agreed to hold the ceasefire on the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a strong statement issued in the national capital on Tuesday, July 29, Defence Minister A K Antony said Islamabad should respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two neighbours. He also attributed the large number of violations with attempts to infiltrate by militants.

The Defence Minister's statement comes a day after troops repulsed a Pakistani incursion in the Nowgam sector of northern Kashmir which left one Indian soldier (Rifleman Mahesh from 22 Rajput Regiment) dead.


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