BSF-Rangers talks to focus on IB patrolling

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Old 09-Sep-2015
Post BSF-Rangers talks to focus on IB patrolling

India is looking at having more coordinated patrolling with Pakistan along the International Border (IB), besides flagging issues such as cross-border firing, infiltration and smuggling, during the Director General-level talks between the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers, commencing here tomorrow.
The biannual meeting between the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers will take place in Delhi from September 9 to 12. The Pakistan delegation comprises 15 members, headed by Major General Umar Farooq Burki, Director General, Pakistan Rangers. The 23-member Indian delegation is headed by DK Pathak, Director General, BSF, and will include officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Narcotics Control Bureau and Survey of India. The previous meeting was held from December 24 to 28 in Lahore, Pakistan.
Sources said the issue of coordinated patrolling between the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers was discussed during the previous meeting. “The coordinate patrolling takes place along the IB in Punjab and the other states. It does not happen in Jammu because of the cross-border firing. Whether coordinated patrolling in Jammu should take place, may not be discussed during the meeting,” said a source.
The discussions will also focus on the need for having more confidence-building measures.

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