India, Pakistan reach "understanding" on Kashmir tensions

India, Pakistan reach "understanding" on Kashmir tensions

India, Pakistan reach "understanding" on Kashmir tensions

Updated 17 January 2013, 2:37 AEST

The Indian army says it has reached an "understanding" with Pakistan to ease tensions in the disputed Kashmir region.

It comes after a deadly flare-up along the border region last week, in which two soldiers from each country were killed.

Indian military spokesman Jagdeep Dahiya says India's senior military commander Lt.-General Vinod Bhatia had spoken with his Pakistani counterpart, Major-General Ashfaq Nadeem for 10 minutes over the telephone.

"An understanding has been arrived at between the two Director-Generals of Military Operations to de-escalate the situation along the Line of Control," the spokesman said, referring to a de facto border in Kashmir.

" ... the Pakistan DGMO said strict instructions have been passed not to violate the ceasefire."

Colonel Dahiya said Indian troops stationed along the border would also not breach the ceasefire forged between the two nuclear rivals in 2003.

AFP