Indo-Pak DG-level talks focus on bringing peace at border
New Delhi: India and
Pakistan on Thursday decided to devise new strategies along the International
Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir to put an end to incidents of ceasefire violations
as they began their three-day DG-level border dialogue here.
In what can be seen as
an encouraging development in bilateral talks between the two neighbours, the
BSF-Pakistan Rangers meeting has been extended for a day to “discuss and
finalise” these new protocols and strategies.
“The most significant
takeaway of the talks has been that the two sides agreed that maintenance of
peace and tranquility on this border is the most important issue and this needs
to be implemented on the ground,” a top government source said.
According to the set
agenda, the talks were to be wrapped up today as tomorrow the Rangers are
scheduled to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his South Block office and
later meet staff and officials in the Pakistan High Commission.
On their last day in
Delhi on September 12, a joint record of discussions was to be signed between
the two sides after which the visitors were to leave for Islamabad.
“Yes, the talks have
been extended for a day and a special session will be held tomorrow to decide
on protocols that will be put in place to put an end to ceasefire violations
and make the Indo-Pak border tranquil,” the source said.
Border Security Force
(BSF) chief D K Pathak, during a public function of central investigative
agency NIA in the evening here, told PTI that the Indian side was “happy” after
the deliberations on the first day.
“I wouldn’t say
anything beyond that. The talks went on in a very cordial manner and we are
happy about it,” Pathak said.
Sources said the Indian
side suggested that rather than debating and contesting about the past
incidents, the two sides should work on a “future” strategy to make this border
peaceful and safe for the troops and civilians alike.
Pakistan agreed to this
point and after some more positive talks it was mutually decided that the
session should be extended by a day, they said.
The Rangers, led by
their DG (Punjab) Umar Farooq Burki, asked BSF to initiate the joint patrolling
along some mutually identified areas on this border which was agreed by India,
The sources further
said the Rangers “did not bring on table” the issue of activation of the
UNMOGIP (UN Military Observer Group in Indian and Pakistan).
talks are happening amid escalating tensions and continuing cases of ceasefire
violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir and after over 1.5 years.