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Indian COAS’ claim on LOC ceasefire negotiation misleading: DG ISPR

Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar on Friday said the Indian chief of army staff’s claim that the Line of Control (LoC) ceasefire is holding up because India came from a place of ‘strength’ is misleading.

Indian COAS MM Naravane on Thursday claimed that the ceasefire at the LoC continues to hold because India had “negotiated from a position of strength”.

DG ISPR, through his official Twitter handle, stated that Pakistan only agreed to the ceasefire due to its “concerns for the safety of people of Kashmir living on both sides of the LoC.”

“No side should misconstrue it as their strength or other’s weakness,” he emphasised.

Last year in February, Pakistan and India announced that they had agreed to observe a ceasefire along the LoC and all other sectors.

The announcement was made simultaneously by both Islamabad and New Delhi after a telephonic conversation between senior military officials of the two countries.

The rare joint statement came against the backdrop of worsening relations between the two countries since the Pulwama incident in February 2019.

 

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