India and Pakistan on Friday decided to resolve sensitive issues like ceasefire violations and infiltration along the border by quickly getting in touch with each other over email and mobile, besides agreeing on some new CBMs during their bilateral DG-level talks in New Delhi.
Both sides maintained that the dialogue, which started yesterday, was held in a very cordial and smooth manner and
all the issues concerning the two countries along the Indo-Pak border were taken up and addressed.
The Pak Rangers and BSF decided to new Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) by having regular exchange of sporting and cultural troupes.
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“The two sides today concluded their DG-level talks, which were extended by a day, and resolved that ensuring peace and tranquility on the Indo-Pak border is the utmost aim of both the countries. Some new modes of modern communication and CBMs have been finalised by the Rangers and BSF and they will be jointly endorsed by the chiefs tomorrow,” a top government source said.
Sources in the Pakistan government also spoke about the initiation of these measures as they said the meeting was held in a “cordial and congenial atmosphere”.
They said the two sides agreed to stop ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) “through enhanced communication via multiple modes at all possible levels”.
Pakistan said that it does not support any illegal border crossing as a matter of policy and despite this, both the
sides agreed to work out some “additional methods to further strengthen border control”.
Sources on the Indian side said both the forces, up to the level of Directors General, will exchange their mobile
numbers, email ids and fax numbers for quick and swift communication to resolve a situation depending on a case-to-case basis.
Both the Rangers and the Border Security Force will also hold either volleyball or basketball matches on their
respective soils as the two forces already have teams in these sporting disciplines.
“The talks were very conducive and everything was like a cakewalk. The Pakistani side was very accommodative and
reasonable and they heard BSF out. The firm decision to have peace at the border has been endorsed by the two sides very firmly with a special impetus that civilians on either sides should not be harmed,” a source in the Indian side said.
The communication channels along the IB and at the level of ground commanders will also be enhanced, sources said, adding in case India spots an illegal movement along the border it will fire “warning shots” to alert the Rangers,
illuminate the area by flare shots and subsequently take on the suspects or infiltrators.
Both the forces have also decided to enhance measures to help and aid inadvertent crossers of the border.
“There was a free flow of dialogue and India extracted what was desired. The other side has reciprocated positively
and it is expected that the hostilities on this border will go down after the end of these talks,” the source said.
Both the DGs will sign a joint record of discussions tomorrow at the border guarding forces’ headquarters here after which the Rangers will board a special BSF plane to Amritsar where they will witness the retreat ceremony from the
Indian side at Attari in the evening.
Post this, BSF commanders of the Punjab frontier will formally bid a farewell to the Rangers delegation led by their
DG Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki and then they will cross over to Wagah in Pakistan.