Even as Pakistan continued to violate the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB), the Directors-General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan had a telephonic conversation on Tuesday.
Army officials said the two DGMOs spoke over the hotline and the situation on the LoC and International Border came up for discussion. In keeping with the existing arrangement, the two DGMOs talk over the hotline every Tuesday but last week they could not as it was a holiday on the occasion of Id-ul-Azha.
Ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and IB have increased and this year alone as many as 204 such incidents occurred in Jammu and Kashmir. On Tuesday, Pakistani troops pounded several Indian posts with mortar shells in Hamirpur and Bhimber Gali sub-sectors of Poonch district.
Pakistan fired at two forward posts along the IB in R.S. Pura sub-sector of Jammu district late on Monday night, with the Border Security Force retaliating, official sources said in Delhi.
Sources in the government said it had not yet been decided when the DGMO-level meeting would be held. The proposal was the outcome of the first bilateral interaction between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York in September.
Indications are that the meeting could wait for a few more weeks as infiltrators are making last-ditch efforts to cross over before winter sets in and infiltration routes get snowed up.