Pakistan wants to formalise 2003 LoC ceasefire: Envoy

Bengaluru, Oct 30 (IANS) Pakistan wants India to formalise the understanding the heads of the two states reached in 2003 as an agreement to end ceasefire violations at the Line of Control, High Commissioner Abdul Basit said on Friday.

“As reiterated recently by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the United Nations General Assembly, we need to formalize the 2003 understanding our (then) president General Pervez Musharraf and (then) Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had on a ceasefire on the Line of Control,” he told reporters here.

The agreement proposal was part of the four-point formula Sharif had flagged in his UN address on September 30 to revive talks between the two countries and resume bilateral ties.

“We are waiting for the Indian government’s response to the four-point formula so as to stabilize the tense situation on the border and implement the ceasefire in letter and spirit to prevent violations from both sides,” said Basit, who is on a four-day visit to Karnataka, a first by a Pakistan envoy.

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