India Pakistan Ceasefire Agreement 2003

It is interesting to note here that Pakistan seems to be trying to formalize the 2003 ceasefire, when the Indian side seems quite reluctant to discuss it. Addressing the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2015, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “We propose that Pakistan and India formalize and respect the 2003 agreement for a comprehensive ceasefire on the Kashmir line of control.” And he proposed an extension of the UN military observer group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to monitor the ceasefire. In October 2016, Pakistan`s High Commissioner to New Delhi, Abdul Basit, reiterated the same offer and said: “This would help prevent further deterioration of the situation until we are able to resume talks.” Senior Indian leaders, including Kashmiri Prime Minister Mahbooba Mufti, welcomed the “repeat ceasefire” that has made it easier for border crossers. “Peace at our borders is the first essential step towards greater understanding [between India and Pakistan] and I really hope it will prevail,” Mufti tweeted. The general managers of military operations of the respective armies agreed on Tuesday evening to maintain the 15-year ceasefire along the 747 km (LoC) line of control that divides Kashmir between neighbors. Construction of the barrier began in the 1990s, but slowed down in the early 2000s, when hostilities between India and Pakistan intensified. Following a ceasefire agreement reached in November 2003, construction resumed and was completed at the end of 2004. The LoC`s closure was completed on 30 September 2004 in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region. [9] According to Indian military sources, the fence has reduced by 80% the number of militants who regularly enter the Indian side of the disputed state to attack soldiers. [10] On Tuesday, the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the ceasefire had been concluded at a weekly meeting between senior Pakistani and Indian military officials.

In a statement, the ministry said the agreement applied to the 450-mile line of control as well as the international border between India and Pakistan and the Siachen Glacier. With ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB), the total number of ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir amounted to 881. In December, Pakistan also rejected India, saying India had violated the 2017 ceasefire agreement more than 1,300 times. Is the 2003 ceasefire agreement really dead, given that violations of the ceasefire along the heavily militarized LoC become the norm, not the exception? Since 1984, Indian and Pakistani troops have also been fighting temporarily in the Siachen Glacier in northern Kashmir.