Pakistan unilaterally withdraws forces along LoC
19 December 2000
RAWALPINDI: As a follow up of the policy of exercising maximum restraint along the Line of Actual Contact and LoC, Pakistan has unilaterally take another bold initiative to withdraw part of its forces deployed along LOC. The move back has already commenced and the troops have started moving towards cantonments. However, necessary safeguards have been taken against any possible Indian misadventure across the Line of Control and to ensure protection of the local population. This action manifests Pakistanís earnest and genuine desire to de-escalate the situation in order to facilitate the process of meaningful dialogue on the issue. It is hoped that India would also reciprocate in a similar manner and de-induct part of its 700,000 strong force deployed in Indian Occupied Kashmir.