Pakistan Rangers delegation arrives in India, Director General-level talks on border today

The talks are going ahead against the backdrop of escalating tensions between the two countries over comments by its Army chiefs, as well as the Gurdaspur and Udhampur terror attacks.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | New Delhi | Updated: September 10, 2015 11:43 am
Pakistan India talks, India Pakistan talks, BSF pakistan rangers, BSF Pakistan meet, India news Rangers Director General (Punjab) Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki at Attari-Wagah border Wednesday. (Express Photo by: Rana Simranjit Singh)

After talks between the National Security Advisers of the two countries was called off about a fortnight ago, the Director General-level talks between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers is set to kick off in New Delhi Thursday.

A 16-member Pakistani delegation led by Rangers Director General (Punjab) Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki was received at the Attari-Wagah border by BSF commanders of the Punjab frontier Wednesday afternoon, en route to the capital for the talks. The delegation comprised officials from the Sindh Rangers, Ministry of Interior, Survey of Pakistan, anti-narcotic force, and immigration.

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The talks are going ahead against the backdrop of escalating tensions between the two countries over comments by its Army chiefs, as well as the Gurdaspur and Udhampur terror attacks. On Tuesday, ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops was again reported in Poonch district. According to intelligence sources, Pakistani troops fired from their NCPP post towards India’s forward defence line in Mandi area, with Indian troops returning fire. No casualties were reported.

Repatriation of inadvertent border crossers, defence construction in disputed land along Dhamala Nala, construction of bundh in Indian territory near Border Post No. 8 and encroachment of Indian territory are issues the BSF raised in July 2012 and wants reviewed during these talks, The Indian Express has learned.

New agenda points from the BSF team, led by its DG D K Pathak, include unprovoked firing/shelling by Pakistan Rangers on BSF posts and deliberate targeting of Indian villages, sniper firing on BSF troops by Pakistan Rangers, infiltration attempts by terrorists from Pakistan at the Jammu International Border (IB), extensive defence construction activities by Pakistan Rangers close to the IB and mutual understanding on routine maintenance of defences on the border.

Some of the other fresh agenda points from the BSF are non-clearance of sarkanda grass on the Pakistan side near the IB, violation of the sanctity of IB by Pakistan nationals, illegal intrusion by Pakistan fishing boats into Indian territory, early repatriation mechanism for inadvertent border crossers and smuggling of narcotics, counterfeit currency or ammunition from Pakistan.

Adherence to simultaneous coordinated patrolling schedule, firing along IB by civilians or Pakistan Rangers for hunting, exchange of information regarding threats to joint formations, establishing telephone communication at DG and Frontier level, and confidence building measures are some of the other issues the BSF plans to raise at the talks.

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    avi
    Sep 10, 2015 at 4:29 am
    Nothing is coming out of this meet ! Let the 's do shopping and go home !!!
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      Caamano
      Sep 10, 2015 at 6:12 am
      Can't we get declarations in writing before allowing them to enter India, from the actors, singers, comedians using India for making money that " I unconditionally and with full knowledge and sense accept that Kashmir is an integral part of India and that stani claim is untenable "
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        varkey
        Sep 9, 2015 at 10:14 pm
        Its good for Pak and India..first Pak leav abt Kashmir at least next 20 years...concentrate on house get order,economic development,education,better infrastructure,health..jobs...so more companies will invest in Pak and great more jobs...country should develop first...2040 if Pak thing Kashmir is required...then that time dicuss or fight...why wasting time of entire generation living in poverty for Kashmir issue...
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          George Cruz
          Sep 9, 2015 at 10:13 pm
          Why this is headline news??? stan is a failed and terrorist country and India should stay away from making any deals.
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            Madhu Kumar
            Sep 10, 2015 at 5:41 am
            There will zero result of this talk. I don't know why we need to waste time.
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              Deep
              Sep 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm
              These kind of measures are normally discussed with friendly countries. stan is not a friendly country. Why waste time?
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                Star
                Sep 10, 2015 at 4:39 am
                Outcome of the talk:- Indian DG of Border Security:- Let's stop border firing! stan DG of Border Security:- I have to ask the Government, ISI and the Army Chief stan DG of Border security:- Let's stop border firing! Indian DG of Border Security:- I have to ask the Government, RAW and the Defense Minister. Indian DG of Border Security:- Okay! Thanks for Coming! stan DG of Border Security: " You Welcome" stan DG of Border Security to other 15 members:- " Okay let's pack up!" one among the 15:- " Sir, I want to see Taj Mahal, can we see, Sir!" stan DG of Border Security:- " No we have important work to continue!" one among the 15:- " What is that, Sir?" stan DG of Border Security:- "We have to continue, Border firing!" one among the 15:- "Sir, then why did we come here, we did not even see Taj Mahal" stan DG of Border Security:- " Listen, we came here just for Prime Minister Nawaz Sheriff to tell President Obama, that talks are continuing, we will resolve, Kashmir issue and get the balance billion of dollars to stan!"
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                  Ramnathan Selvan
                  Sep 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm
                  it is a very good move. WE SHOULD SOMEHOW ESTABLISH LONG TERM PEACE so both countries can avoid unnecessary expenses in arms and save billions dollars. This money can be used for the welfare of people in health care, education, infrastructure..etc. Modi and Sherif and the army chiefs should somehow reach a long term peace...... our country, there are enemies who do not want peach and they will derail parliament because they want to stop Modi gaining pority. NASTY PEOPLE should perish
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                    Tarzan
                    Sep 10, 2015 at 9:56 am
                    And you talk about stan being a failed state. We just used our drones. Can you imagine what these drones would do to your navy, army etc? Paksitan's missile technology is far superior and not only we make our own fighter planes we export them too. India can only dream about drones, fighter planes and missiles like stan and Modi is so frustrated because of this that he only barks. Time for action.
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                      Tarzan
                      Sep 10, 2015 at 8:02 am
                      Dudes look at the picture again. Your officers look like third rate people. This stani officer is full of confidence, courage and a typical army guy. If you think stan is a failed state, then what is stopping you guys? Enough talk, do something .Hindus are scared of us!
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                        Kaipulla
                        Sep 10, 2015 at 1:36 pm
                        India doesn't called stan a failed state , it is your own leaders , media , people like najam sethi called pak as failed state , I never heard of a human being barked anytime before , may be in pak all can bark it seems (may be a disease from Arabs) , You exported your fighter planes to countries like srilanka who does not need fighter planes , I See frustration in your speech trying to match hardly yourself with india , You know kittens cannot match a Bengal Tiger anytime !
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                          Zahir Shah
                          Sep 13, 2015 at 5:03 pm
                          The problem is that India has not only tense relations with stan but with all its neighbors including China and Sri Lanka. Can anyone tell here why is this so? In case of stan, let's ume stan is wrong but with about relations of India with other neighbors. The only reason for Indian bad behavior with its neighbors is that Indian Defense authorities still using the Old Chanaky's ideology (the ancient hindu). According to Chanakya's ideology your neighbors can't be your friends, however the neighbors of your neighbors can be your friends. The second proof is the Indian missiles. How many Indian missiles are named after Muslim warriors and Sikh warriors. Almost all of them are after Hindu Warriors or Hindu personalities. I am not against India, I love it. However, the Indian people need to realize that what their Government is doing is not good. I request all the Indian brothers and sisters, that they should study Chanakay's ideology about wars and relations towards your neighbors only then will you come to know what Indian military is doing. Best Regards Jay Hind.... stan Zinda baad.. Love from stan.
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