Truce violations to figure at meeting of BSF, Pak Rangers
Ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir, including sniper attacks, infiltration, intrusion in the Rann of Kutch and smuggling, are among the key issues India is expected to raise with Pakistan during the five-day DG-level talks between their border guarding forces from September 9.
A 16-member delegation headed by Pakistan Rangers’ Director General (Punjab) Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki is expected to travel to the Attari-Wagah border crossing in Punjab on September 8 and later fly down from Amritsar to participate in the talks here with the Border Security Force (BSF) from September 9 to 13, officials said.
The Indian delegation with as many members will be led by BSF chief Devendra Kumar Pathak. The Indian agenda for the talks has put extra stress on the “most important” issue of breach of ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir that has led to loss of lives of civilians and troops and “unprovoked” firing by the Rangers along the IB, they said. The Indian side will also take up the issue of “no response” by the other side when the BSF waves the “white flag”, which is used to indicate stopping of fire and meeting of on-ground commanders of the two sides.
The BSF will also take up the issue of intrusion in the “Harami Nullah” area of the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, smuggling of contraband from across the border and illegal movement of suspects up to the zero line along the IB in order to facilitate illegal activities.
Issues of infiltration from across the border and the use of sniper weapons to target troops manning border posts will also be raised. Last month, Pakistan had sent confirmation and agenda for these DG-level talks despite it calling off the meeting of the NSAs of the two countries a fortnight ago after India made it clear that Kashmiri separatist leaders would not be allowed to meet Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz during his visit here. — PTI
Meet from Sept 9-13
Ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir that have claimed lives of many civilians and troops
No response by Pakistan Rangers when the BSF waves the white flag, indicating stopping of fire and holding a meeting of on-ground commanders
Intrusion in the “Harami Nullah” area of the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, smuggling of contraband and illegal movement of suspects up to the zero line
Infiltration from across the border and the use of sniper weapons to target troops manning border posts
Alleged use of objectionable language by troops on the Indian side
Air space violations by suspected unmanned aerial vehicles
Alleged construction of defence infrastructure along the border
No response on simultaneous coordinated patrolling (SCP) along the frontier, smuggling and killing of civilians