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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Pakistan asks India to scale up engagement in flag meeting

Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times  Jammu, August 28, 2014
First Published: 02:00 IST(28/8/2014) | Last Updated: 02:12 IST(28/8/2014)

The border forces of India and Pakistan met on Wednesday after continuous cross-border firing by Pakistan for the last 45 days.

This was the first meeting between the two countries after the recent firing spree, termed as the heaviest since the 1971 war.

According to sources, Pakistan requested for scaling up engagement between border-guarding forces in the meeting, which took place in the Akhnooor sector. India will soon give a reply.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh is planning to visit forward posts to review situation once Prime Minister Narendra Modi is back from his Japan visit. Singh was also briefed by Border Security Force (BSF) chief DK Pathak about the ground situation at the border.

Pakistan was represented by wing commander Mohd Waqkar and the Indian representative was BSF's 33Bn in-charge SK Singh. The 40-minute meeting was the first contact after a formal request was sent by Pakistan last evening.

"It was a meeting to set the agenda for the detailed flag-meeting. So far the date of the next meeting hasn't been finalized," said inspector-general BSF (Jammu frontiers) Rajesh Sharma.

"Pakistan commander told his Indian counterpart that since they were not involved in the recent incidents, the meeting should be held at the Rangers brigadier level - equivalent to the BSF DIG - as they were in-charge of the sectors where the firing had taken place," said a BSF official, on the condition of anonymity.


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