Pakistan rangers arrive in Delhi to hold talks with BSF


Amid escalated tensions between India and Pakistan over, a high-level delegation of Pakistan Rangers arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday to hold talks with the BSF.

 

Sources said that BSF will raise with Pakistani officials deaths and injuries of civilians being caused by Pak troops in ceasefire violations apart from Pak army/Rangers assistance in infiltration of trained terrorists.

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 K K 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 anumber of Rangers as part of its retaliation to the ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan International Border.

Sources said the Indian side will put across these issues during the talks apart from interception and neutralisation of a number of infiltration attempts along the IB from the Pakistani side over the last year.

Issues of smuggling of drugs, especially along the international border 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).

TNN