Pakistan, India commanders meet

December 25, 2013 - 8:26:10 am

Pakistani Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Major General Aamer Riaz (right) with his Indian counterpart Lieutenant General Vinod Bhatia at the Wagah Border Post, yesterday. 

ISLAMABAD: Leading army commanders from Pakistan and India met yesterday for the first time in 14 years in a bid to reduce tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir after a year of intermittent clashes.

The directors general of military operations (DGMO) from both neighbours held face-to-face talks at Wagah border post, near the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.The two sides agreed to make contact between the two DGMOs on their special hotline “more effective and result-oriented”, a joint statement released by the Pakistani military after the meeting said. The release said the atmosphere of the talks was “cordial, positive and constructive”. 

“It is the first (such) meeting between the senior army officials since Kargil,” senior Indian defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said, referring to the brief war between the two nations in divided Kashmir in 1999.

AFP

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