In a first in over two months, Pakistan on Monday violated ceasefire in the Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir at 6 am, said the Border Security Force. This comes after the announcement of a ceasefire from midnight of February 24 to 25 between India and Pakistan. After discussions between the Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan, the two sides agreed to cease firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and all other sectors with effect from midnight of February 24 to 25.
On February 24, India and Pakistan released a joint statement saying that they have held discussions regarding establishing a mechanism for hotline contact among both nations. Both sides also agreed to a ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) starting from February 25.
Director Generals of Military Operations of India and Pakistan had also reviewed the situation across the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors ‘in a free, frank, and cordial atmosphere. Pakistan last resorted to an unprovoked ceasefire violation on the line of control (LoC) on February 4, 2021, in the Sundarbani Sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, resulting in in the death of one Sepoy.
WHAT IS CEASEFIRE ?
A ceasefire (or truce), also spelled cease-fire (the antonym of ‘open fire’), is a temporary stoppage of a war in which each side agrees with the other to suspend aggressive actions. Historically, the concept existed at least by the time of the Middle Ages, when it was known as a ‘truce of God’. Ceasefires can be declared as a humanitarian gesture, be preliminary, i.e., prior to a political agreement, or definitive, i.e., with the intention of resolving a conflict. Ceasefires may be declared as part of a formal treaty, but they have also been called as part of an informal understanding between opposing forces