India-Pakistan LOC: When the guns fall silent... And when they don't | In our Defence Ep 02

The episode tracks the firings at the LOC while examining the effects of ceasefire violations.

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For over a year, Pakistan and India have been observing a ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC). The ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan was first signed in November 2003 to help stabilise the situation at the boundary in disputed Kashmir.

Despite the agreement, it was often violated in the years that followed.

Since 2017, both sides have increased their gunfire along the LOC. In 2020, there were 5,100 ceasefire violations, which is an all-time high in the last 17 years, killing 36 people and injuring 130 others.

Later, the Indian and Pakistani militaries claimed that, as of midnight on February 24, 2021, they had begun scrupulously adhering to a ceasefire along the LOC in Jammu and Kashmir.

Surprisingly, no ceasefire violations were reported following the reaffirmation of the ceasefire agreement that year.

What was it that kept the firings going since 2003? What effect does the ceasefire's reaffirmation have?

In this episode, our host Dev Goswami sits with "Def-savvy" India Today TV editor, defence and strategic affairs Abhishek Bhalla to find answers.

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Produced by Anna Priyadarshini

Sound mix by Kapil Dev Singh

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