India raises unprovoked firing, hunting near border at flag meeting with Pak
The BSF has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Rangers at a flag meeting on an array of issues including unprovoked firing at Indian troops by Pakistan, hunting by people in Pakistan close to the border and not responding to the BSF’s requests to hold company commander-level meetings.india Updated: Feb 24, 2017 21:26 IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Rangers at a flag meeting on an array of issues including unprovoked firing at Indian troops by Pakistan, hunting by people in Pakistan close to the border and not responding to the BSF’s requests to hold company commander-level meetings.
The two border guarding forces of India and Pakistan -- Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers held the flag meeting on the zero line near the Pansar border outpost in Hiranagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.
“The meeting lasted for over an hour and was held at border outpost No.15 on India’s request,” said a BSF officer.
The Pakistani delegation was headed by Wing Commander Lt Col Asmat Ullah Khan and had three other officers, while the Indian delegation was led by Commandant Bhupinder Singh and also included K Ganesh and five other officers, he added.
After welcoming the delegation, the BSF raised issues like unprovoked firing from the Pakistani side, objections by Pakistan Rangers to the BSF’s maintenance work in the border area, hunting by people in Pakistan close to the border and not responding to the BSF’s requests for holding company commander level border contacts.
“We also strongly objected to the firing near the Bobiya border outpost in October last year when Pakistanis fired with rockets and automatic weapons,” he added.
“Pakistan Rangers assured that they want to maintain good relations with the BSF and such meetings should be arranged more frequently in the border areas,” he said.
The Pakistani officials, however, raised objections to burning of ‘sarkanda’ (elephantine grass), saying the fire spread to their territory and destroyed telephone wires and other things, said the officer.
Sources, however, said that Pakistan doesn’t want to cut or burn the elephantine grass in the border areas as they block the BSF personnel’s vision and act as a camouflage for militants.
The official said the meeting was held in a cordial manner and ended with an exchange of sweets from both the sides.
The two forces also agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity on the international border.