Pangong Lake: Any structures that had been built by both sides since April 2020 in both north and south banks of Pangong Lake area will be removed and landforms will be restored.
February 11, 202; New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said India and China are disengaging from standoff areas along the Line of Actual Control in Pangong Lake. The “synchronised and organised disengagement” are happening from the north and south banks of Pangong Lake.
Here’s your 5-point cheat sheet to this big story:
1.The Chinese side will keep its troop presence in north bank of Pangong Lake to east of “Finger 8”. Reciprocally, Indian troops will be based at their permanent base at Dhan Singh Thapa Post near “Finger 3”.
2.There is also mention of disengagement in the south bank of Pangong Lake. The Kailash range is along this side and it’s a critical area as controlling the heights give an advantage.
3.It has also been agreed to hold the next meeting of Senior Commanders within 48 hours after complete disengagement in Pangong Lake to resolve any remaining issues.
4.It has been agreed to have a temporary moratorium on military activities by both sides in the north bank of Pangong Lake, including patrolling to areas traditionally controlled by both sides. Patrolling will be resumed only when both sides reach an agreement.
5. Any structures that had been built by both sides since April 2020 in both north and south banks of Pangong Lake area will be removed and landforms will be restored.