Beijing, May 31: China on Thursday lauded India and Pakistan for deciding to halt cross-border firing and “fully implement” the ceasefire pact agreed between the two neighbours in 2003. Earlier on Tuesday, New Delhi and Islamabad agreed to implement the ceasefire pact after persistent crackling of gunfire and mounting casualties on both sides. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cases in Pakistan Rise Above 69,470; Death Toll Nears 1,500-mark
“We have noted relevant reports and we commend these positive actions taken by the two sides,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said when asked about the development. Also Read - Two Pakistan High Commission Officials Caught in Delhi For Spying, to Leave India Within 24 Hours
“We hope that they properly resolve their disputes through dialogue and consultation and maintain regional peace and stability,” Hua added. Also Read - ‘Unverified Video’: Army Denies Violence Between Indian And Chinese Troops in Eastern Ladakh
India and Pakistan had agreed upon that in case of any issue, restraint will be exercised and the matter will be resolved through utilisation of existing mechanisms of hotline contacts and border flag meetings at local commander’s level.
India and Pakistan have a long-standing dispute over Kashmir, a part of which is under control of Pakistan. The Line of Control (LoC) is the 776-kilometre de facto border between Pakistan and India.