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BSF urges India-Pakistan border survey in Jammu

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 21:49 IST
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The Border Security Force (BSF) has asked for a joint survey of the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir as both sides have been accusing each other of encroachment.

"We have asked Pakistan to have a joint survey involving border guards and revenue officials to find out who has encroached upon whose territory. The survey will bring out facts into the open," BSF director general AK Mitra told reporters in Jammu on Saturday.

However, he said, "Pakistan is not agreeable to this proposal."

Despite ceasefire on borders, there is tension between BSF and Pakistani Rangers. Pakistan has constructed an earthen embankment, which has added to the tension, he said.

BSF is also preparing to bid goodbye to its counter-insurgency duty in Kashmir. It had fought insurgency in the valley for the past 17 years, but will hand over charge to the Central Reserve Police Force.

Fifteen of its battalions have already moved out and the rest 10 will leave by January. "We are almost out of the valley," Mitra added.

He said the India-Bangladesh border is "quiet" at the moment, primarily due to elections in the neighbouring country. All political parties there are busy with elections and the borders have "considerably quietened", he added.