Pakistan rangers arrive in Delhi to hold talks with BSF
Admist continued tensions between India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan’s Rangers will begin their talks from Thursday. One of the first meeting where media has been kept out.
The talks are expected to be low-key. The goal of the meeting is to put out grievances between the two forces. Both countries have earlier blamed each other for targeting civilians and multiple ceasefire violations at the border.
A 19-member Pakistan Rangers delegation led by Major General Muhammad Saeed accompanied by DG Sindh Rangers reached New Delhi today for 44th Biannual DG level talks. The Indian delegation will be headed by DG KK. Sharma.
Ceasefire violation, attack on civilians especially targeting of schools at border, sniping of BSF soldiers, discovery of tunnels, inadvertent crossing at border are issues likely to be raised.
Incidentally, the talks have been kept under wraps as the Pak delegation arrived on the anniversary of demonetisation which falls on November 8, a move by that is said to counter Pakistan sponsored terrorism and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) which kept a parallel economy alive.
The talks between two forces is expected to keep the lines of communication open, in a bid to maintain peace and tranquility at the international border, which Pakistan refers to as working boundary. BSF will reiterate that Pakistan should respect the November 2003 ceasefire agreement.
While there have been sector level talks in September, there have been constant irritants. With snow fall in Kashmir valley, the attention of Pakistan ISI will shift to lower planes in Jammu.