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Guns fall silent on Kashmir borders as ceasefire takes effect

The guns fell silent over Kashmir’s border as the first ever full ceasefire between India and Pakistan began, raising hopes that talks to find a lasting peace could begin. Officials on both sides said there had been no shelling or gunfire across the frontier of the rugged Himalayan territory since the ceasefire came into effect at midnight Tuesday. “So far it has been silent, there was no firing after midnight. It’s holding since then,” Pakistan’s military spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan told AFP in Islamabad. “We do hope that it holds on and the Indians move a step further towards dialogue.” Rajesh Gupta, a commander of India’s Border Security Force, agreed that both sides had honoured the ceasefire. “Since last evening there has not been any gunfire from across the border,” he said in Jammu, Indian Kashmir’s winter capital. Full Story

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