Troops on border see no hope in DG-level talks with Pakistan

  • Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Aug 27, 2015 20:39 IST

The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel guarding the 200-km international border with Pakistan in the state have little hope of a positive outcome of the scheduled talks between the directors general (DG) of the BSF and the Pakistani Rangers.

They, however, believe the round of talks, from September 9 to 13, will help open channel of communications.

"Many officers of the Pakistan army are posted as rangers and they first get a briefing from the ISI (Pakistan's intelligence establishment) for even flag meetings," a senior BSF official who did not wish to be named told HT on Thursday.

"But talks can at least help us gauge their mood and body language for positive reciprocity and scaling up talks," the official added.

BSF troopers manning the volatile border, which along with the Line of Control, has been a site for about 300 incidents of the ceasefire violations so far this year, are particularly sceptical after the recent cancellation of the NSA-level talks between the two countries.

They said there Pakistani violated the ceasefire 92 times and killed nine people after the July 10 meeting, when Pakistani Prime Minister met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in the Russian city of Ufa and both promise to hold dialogue on various issues.

The BSF's inspector general BSF (Jammu frontiers) recently said there haven't been any flag meetings with Pakistan since March this year.

Other officials told HT that Pakistan always "squarely denies" violating the ceasefire. "They (rangers) say non-state actors may have done it and sometimes strangely accuse us of violating the ceasefire. So we can't expect any positive outcome from the September 9 talks," a BSF official said.

"It's the Pakistan army which fires along the border and sends in terrorists. India should try to engage Pakistan army and send a firm message," added another senior BSF official.

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