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Pak examines proposal for DGMO-level talks with India to reduce tension along LoC: Report

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Pakistan is examining a proposal for a DGMO-level meeting with India to reduce tension along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary through fresh confidence-building measures, according to a media report.

The last such meeting was held in December 2013 at Wagah.

The report comes a day after Pakistan said four of its soldiers died and five others injured in cross-border firing by India across the LoC. The Indian Army, however, said seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in its retaliatory firing.

A Pakistan defence ministry official in a meeting yesterday told the Senate defence committee that a “fresh proposal of DGMOs’ (Director Generals of Military Operations) meeting is being considered,” the Dawn newspaper reported.

The official also briefed the senators about the latest trends in Indian ceasefire violations, it said.

According to the report, one of the confidence-building measures being considered for the planned meeting of DGMOs is “calibre reduction” of the arms being used at the LoC.

Pakistan-India DGMOs have a frequent hotline contact, but they last met face-to- face four years ago at Wagah, a village which serves as a transit terminal between Lahore and Amritsar.

The December 24, 2013 Wagah meeting had taken place after a break of 14 years. That meeting too was held to discuss ways to ensure peace along the LoC and the Working Boundary.

Meanwhile, a resolution adopted by the Senate committee through consensus condemned Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s statement about “calling nuclear bluff of Pakistan” as “stupidity and provocative”.

They termed it a “war-like” proclamation, the report said.

‘US trying to convince us that India is not a threat’

The US has been trying to convince Pakistan that India was not a threat to it and Islamabad should change its strategic stance towards New Delhi, defence minister Khurram Dastagir Khan has said.

He also said that it is time for a courteous yet “ruthlessly candid dialogue” with the US “with everything on the table” to remove all misunderstandings between Islamabad and Washington.

Reading out a policy statement on the government’s foreign policy contours and the security situation in Pakistan in the National Assembly yesterday, he regretted that the US played down India’s aggressive posturing along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary, the Dawn reported on Tuesday.

The minister said the perception of India was one of the foundational divergences between Pakistan and the US.

“It’s time for a courteous yet ruthlessly candid dialogue between Pakistan and the US with everything on the table,” the defence minister said.

Khan said that Washington had been trying to convince Pakistan that India was not a threat and, therefore, Islamabad should change its strategic stance.

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