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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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  1. A
    Sep 10, 2015 at 4:29 am
    Nothing is coming out of this meet ! Let the 's do shopping and go home !!!
    1. C
      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 "
      1. V
        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...
        1. G
          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.
          1. 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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