Pakistan Rangers team reaches India for border talks with BSF
India is expected to talk about ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts by militants along the international border.india Updated: Nov 08, 2017 21:50 IST
A high-level delegation of Pakistan Rangers arrived in India on Wednesday to hold talks with the BSF on a host of issues, official sources said.
The talks come against the backdrop of strained ties between the two countries with a number of incidents of ceasefire violations and killings of civilians and troops.
The 19-member Pakistani delegation is led by the Director General of the Rangers (Sindh) Major General Muhammad Saeed while the Indian side will be headed by Border Security Force chief KK Sharma.
The Pakistani delegation, also comprising officials from their interior (home) ministry and anti-narcotics force, is expected to return on November 10.
The last time the two sides met was in July last year when the BSF delegation led by DG Sharma travelled to Lahore for the bi-annual talks.
Sources said the latest round of talks have been delayed by a few months as both the sides had strained ties.
The BSF too, in the recent past, had claimed to have killed a number of Rangers as part of its retaliation to the ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan International Border (IB).
Sources said the Indian side will put across these issues during the talks apart from interception and neutralisation of a number of terrorist infiltration attempts along the IB from the Pakistani side over the last year.
Issues of smuggling of drugs, especially along the IB in Punjab, arms and detection of underground tunnels will also be discussed between the two sides.
The Pakistani delegation may also call on home minister Rajnath Singh during the visit.
The last time the Rangers came to India for the DG-level talks was in September 2015, a time when ceasefire violations by Pakistan were on a high.
India’s 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan runs through four states - Jammu and Kashmir (1,225 km which includes 740 km of Line of Control), Rajasthan (1,037 km), Punjab (553 km) and Gujarat (508 km).
While the BSF guards the International Border (IB) independently, it works under the operational command of the army while working at the LoC.
First Published: Nov 08, 2017 21:49 IST