Ceasefire violations continue along the Line of Control (LoC) even as India and Pakistan begin DG-level talks on border issues.
“Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Bhimber Gali sector of Poonch district last evening,” said defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta.
Pakistan Rangers Director General (Punjab), Maj. Gen. Umar Farooq Burki who is leading his country’s delegation, is in Delhi for the three-day talks. The 16 member delegation arrived in the capital on Wednesday evening and was accorded a guard of honour at the BSF headquarters. BSF DG, DK Pathak and other senior officers welcomed them before the talks began.
Led by Pathak, the 23-member Indian raised the issue of ceasefire violations in J&K with his Pakistani counterpart. Sources say that both sides were on the same page and agreed to work towards stopping the cross-border firing. Both India and Pakistan agreed that a glitch in the bilateral dialogue between the two sides was the reason why such violations were happening at the border. According to both sides, better communication and dialogue was the way forward.
Of late India has suffered several casualties along the International Border (IB) by “unprovoked” firing by the Pakistani Rangers. Incessant ceasefire violations have been on between the two sides for the past few months in which many civilians and soldiers have been killed.
India also raised the issue of cross-border infiltration with Pakistan.
“The talks will also endeavour to focus on positive issues like different levels of communication, more simultaneous coordinated patrolling and other confidence-building measures,” said a statement released by the BSF before the talks began.
This is the first high-level interaction between the two countries after the National Security Adviser (NSA)-level talks scheduled in Delhi on August 23-24 were cancelled due to differences over the agenda.
The Pakistani delegation includes officials of Sindh Rangers, the country’s interior ministry, Survey of Pakistan, anti- narcotics force and immigration department, among others.
DG-level talks between India and Pakistan were last held in December, 2013, in Lahore.
(With inputs from PTI)