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India, Pakistan to hold flag meeting today

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jammu, August 27, 2014
First Published: 13:10 IST(27/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:19 IST(27/8/2014)

India and Pakistan will hold the first flag-level meeting on Wednesday after 45 days of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border in the Jammu district, Border Security Force (BSF) said.

The meeting will be held at Pargwal area in Akhnoor tehsil, which has not been affected by the firing. The meeting comes after a two-day calm on the border, with no reports of any firing.

"Pakistan Rangers have requested for a commandant/wing commander level meeting in Pargwal area. However, they have not sent any agenda for the meeting," said a BSF official.

On Tuesday, the Indian director general of military operations (DGMO) spoke to his Pakistani counterpart over telephone and raised the issue of ceasefire violations.

There have been 96 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC this year and 25-odd violations on the international border.

This is the first time Pakistan has sent a request for a flag-level meeting after July 16, when a BSF personnel died in sniper fire from across the border. The firing continued even after that, but there were brief spells of calm.

India had since then sent 16 requests for sectoral-level commander meeting, but Pakistan did not respond to it and after which India toughened its stand and did not send any further requests for flag meetings.

BSF's director general has said it has been the longest and severest firing along the border after 1971 war.

About 10,000 people have migrated to safer places and two civilians and one BSF personnel have died in this latest series of ceasefire violations in the Jammu region.

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