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India, Pakistan to hold another flag meeting today

Pakistani Rangers will meet again with their BSF counterpart at Octroi Post in Suchetgarh area. Pakistani Rangers will meet again with their BSF counterpart at Octroi Post in Suchetgarh area.
Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Posted: August 29, 2014 9:53 am

A day after violating ceasefire within hours of holding a flag meeting with India, Pakistani Rangers are meeting again with their BSF counterpart at Octroi Post in Suchetgarh area near the interntional border on Friday afternoon.

Officials sources said a sector level commanders meeting is being held in Suchetgarh at 3.30 pm.

Significantly, this is the second flag meeting between India and Pakistan since Wednesday evening as both the Rangers and BSF had earlier held a sector level commanders meeting between them at Nikowal in Pargwal sector. However, within hours of that flag meeting, Pakistani Rangers had resorted to unprovoked firing at two BSF posts in the area on Thursday.

The flag meeting is being held a day after Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council passed a resolution asking Narendra Modi government at the Centre to hold talks with Pakistan.

According to sources, the Pakistani Rangers had asked BSF for such a meeting in Suchetgarh sector during their flag meeting in Pargwal sector on Wednesday evening.

During their Wednesday meeting, the BSF had formally lodged strong protest over Rangers continuously resorting to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling on forward Indian positions and civilian areas in R S Pura and Arnia sectors for the last 45 days. The Rangers in turn had blamed BSF for the trouble.

Three civilians had died and 17 others, including four BSF personnel, were injured in small arms and automatic weapons fire on the Indian side by Pakistani Rangers since July 16. The Rangers, in turn, referred to loss of life and damage to property in firing by BSF on their side during the period.

During tour of border areas in R S Pura and Arnia sectors, BSF Director General D S Pathak had said that firing by Pakistani Rangers in last 45 days was the heaviest since 1971 war between the two countries.

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