Indian Army chief’s claim that he is negotiating a ceasefire from a position of strength is misleading: DG ISPR

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Major General Babar Iftikhar of DG ISPR during a press conference in Rawalpndi. – Screenshot/Geo News file
  • DG ISPR responds to Indian Army Chief’s comment on ceasefire on LOC.
  • Terms Indian claims of maintaining ceasefire based on their “misleading” position.
  • Says “neither side should interpret it as its strength or the weakness of the other”.

The Director General of Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Babar Iftikhar, flatly dismissed as misleading the Indian Chief of Staff’s assertion that the ceasefire along the Line of Control ( LoC) holds because they negotiated from a “position of strength”.

The military spokesman said on Friday he was accepted solely because of Pakistan’s concerns for the safety of Kashmiri residents living on both sides of the Line of Control.

The statement posted on DG ISPR’s official Twitter account came in response to a comment by India’s top military commander who claimed to maintain a nearly year-long ceasefire along the LOC.

“The ceasefire with Pakistan continues to hold as we negotiated from a position of strength,” Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukhand Narvane said on Thursday.

However, the Pakistani military spokesman rejected the claim and said neither side should interpret it as its strength or another’s weakness.

Pakistani and Indian Armies Agree to Strengthen Line of Control Ceasefire

The Directors General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan, after reviewing the situation along the LOC and all other sectors, had agreed to strengthen the ceasefire which came into effect on 25th February 2021.

The two DGs of military operations have established telephone contact with the aim of achieving “a mutually beneficial and lasting peace”, according to an ISPR statement.

He said they agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns that tend to disturb the peace and lead to violence.

Both sides had agreed to strictly adhere to all accords, understandings and ceasefire along the LOC and all other sectors.

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