A 16-member delegation, led by Director General of Pakistani Rangers Umar Farooq Burki, reached India through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post for four-day high-level talks with the Border Security Force.
The DG Rangers, who was given a red carpet welcome by the BSF, received a guard of honour at Attari. BSF Punjab IG Anil Palliwal, along with a battery of officials, was there at the zero line to receive the Pakistani delegation. The delegation was immediately rushed to the Khasa Sector headquarters of the BSF for lunch and informal chat. Then the destination is New Delhi where the talks between DG Burki and BSF DG D.K. Pathak will take place.
The DG-level talks have attained significance especially after the cancellation of talks between National Security Advisor (NSA) of the two nations. The BSF will be raising the issue of regular ceasefire violation along the Line of Control by the Pakistani Rangers.
Since the Director Generals of both the Forces are meeting after 2013, India will be taking up strongly the regular infiltration bids along the LOC and the International Border. The smuggling of narcotics and construction near the border will also be on the agenda when the meeting starts in Delhi. The talks will continue till September 13 and the delegation will return to Pakistan through the Attari-Wagah joint check post.
Media kept away
In an unusual step, the Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday totally banned the media coverage for the high-profile visit. Although, it was clear by Monday evening that no interaction will take place but the BSF on Tuesday morning even barred the photographers from going to the zero line.
The media persons were stopped at the Customs gate by special barricading.It is learnt that the BSF never wanted any embarrassment for the Pakistani Rangers, as it was likely that they will be questioned about the recent Dinanagar Terrorist attack and the regular violation at the LOC.
“The media was completely banned, as any question to the Pakistani Rangers would have brought embarrassment to the visitors. We never wanted that situation so this was done,” added a BSF official on condition of anonymity.