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Mudda discusses two DGMOs’ call on ceasefire, speakers see it as a win for the Modi government’s foreign policy

In a rare positive development, the Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan have on Tuesday agreed to “fully implement” the 2003 ceasefire pact “in letter and spirit” to stop cross border firings in Jammu and Kashmir.

The hotline call was initiated from Pakistan side on Tuesday evening. The proposal of ceasefire came from Islamabad which was accepted by New Delhi. After the 29 September 2016 Surgical Strikes by Indian forces, this was the first occasion when both sides agreed for the ceasefire.

After the DGMOs hotline contact, both sides issued identical statement saying that India and Pakistan have agreed for the implement the 15-year-old ceasefire pact and they will ensure that no violations occur from their side. They have also agreed to behave with patience and resolve such issues through their hotline contact and border flag meetings.

The issue was debated in APN’s landmark afternoon show Mudda on Wednesday. It was participated by Lt Gen AK Bakshi,  and Praful Bakshi, the defense experts, Rajiv Pandey, leader from BJP, Mudit Aggarwal, spokesman of Congress party, Shuvokamal Dutta, expert on international affairs and Govind Pant Raju, consultant editor of APN. Anant Tyagi anchored the show.

While commenting on the DGMOs conversation, Lt Gen A K Bakshi said that ceasefire is the first and most important step in bringing down hostilities between the two countries. Therefore, this must be respected and implemented by both the sides.

Praful Bakshi, another defence expert, said that Pakistan was under tremendous pressure because of India’s tough handling of the situation. They were facing lot of damages and losses. Islamabad was under heavy pressure from India and US which made them to succumb.

Dr SK Dutta, an expert on international affairs said that Pakistan was not a reliable partner. On earlier occasions Islamabad did not fulfill its promises. Hence this time we have to see if Pakistan abides by its words.

Mudit Aggarwal, spokesperson of Congress party, said that Prime Minister should not think that he will do everything and consider that all his predecessors were wrong. He further said that PM Narendra Modi should carry forward country’s established foreign policy and should learn from the past mistakes. He also advised that India should not believe to what Pakistan says.

Rajiv Pandey, a BJP leader, said that it was the result of India’s strong defense and foreign policy that no country is supporting Pakistan except China.

The debate generated lot of interest among APN viewers who were following on their TV and mobile screens throughout the country.

—Compiled by MA Kazmi

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