A high-level delegation comprising Pakistan Rangers and Interior Ministry officials crossed over to India via Attari border for five-day talks with BSF in New Delhi to sort out border-related issues.
The 18-member delegation,led by Pakistan Rangers Director General (Sindh) Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar,was received by Border Security Force chief U K Bansal and senior officials of the force as they landed here from Amritsar after entering India through the Wagah border in the morning.
Talking to mediapersons after crossing the border Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar said the issues of smuggling and repatriation of prisoners would also be discussed during the meetings.
Answering media queries,Akhtar said there was no threat to the newly opened Attari Integrated Check Post. Notably,following threats in the recent past,Pakistan had reportedly beefed up security on their side,with India also doing the same on its side.
Responding to a query on spurt in the smuggling of narcotic drugs from across the border,Akhtar said that BSF was in better position to stop it.
The top brass of both the border guarding forces are meeting in Delhi for the first time and,sources in BSF said,the talks are aimed at thrashing out a host of issues including recent incidents of firing and ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Indo-Pak border.
BSF is also expected to flag a number of other issues to the visiting team,which include unprovoked firing by Pakistan troops in Jammu and Sialkot sectors,death of two BSF personnel in the last few months because of sniper firing.
The BSF delegation will also include senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs,PWD officials of Punjab government,sleuths of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and officials from the Survey of India.
The Indian side would also raise other isuues,such as the issue of illegal crossing of Pakistani nationals into Indian territory and the return of inadvertent crossers and the arrest of fishermen.