Hours After Firing, India-Pak Border Forces Once Again Agree to Maintain Peace Along Border
On Monday, the assurance came at a sector commander level flag meeting between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers at Border Outpost Octroi.
A woman shows an empty mortar shell that damaged her house after alleged shelling from the Pakistani side on Monday. (Image: PTI)
Jammu/New Delhi: India and Pakistan border forces once again agreed to maintain peace along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir even as intermittent exchange of firing were reported in the afternoon on Monday.
Two BSF personnel were killed on Sunday when Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing. A policeman and a civilian were also injured in the firing.
This comes a week after the DGMOs of the two countries mutually agreed to implement the ceasefire pact of 2003 in "letter and spirit".
On Monday, the assurance came at a sector commander level flag meeting between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers at Border Outpost Octroi (on the Pakistan side) across RS Pura sector of Jammu district, which lasted for about two hours. It was decided to hold next such meeting on June 21.
"The prime focus of the meeting was to maintain peace and tranquility on the border. The meeting is likely to bring firing-free environment, particularly for border area villagers on both sides. Commanders on both sides agreed to keep talks on every level to develop confidence between two border guarding forces," a BSF statement said.
"The meeting went off in a conducive atmosphere," it added.
The BSF delegation, comprising half a dozen officers was led by its Deputy Inspector General, Jammu Sector, PS Dhiman while Brigadier Amjad Hussain, Sector Commander, Sialkot, led the Pakistan delegation which comprised of 10 officers.
This was the third sector commander level meeting of the year, coming amid heavy shelling and firing on the International Border.
The last sector commander level meeting was held on the International Border in Suchetgarh area of Jammu on February 23.
The meeting, called at the request of the Pakistani side, came after Pakistan Rangers targeted four border outposts of the BSF in Akhnoor sector on Monday morning. The Pakistanis had subsequently sought a flag meeting.
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