BSF chief in Pakistan to hold dialogue

An eighteen member delegation led by BSF chief Raman Srivastava on Tuesday crossed over the border to hold dialogue with his Pakistan counterpart at Lahore.

Updated: Oct 26, 2010, 18:38 PM IST

Attari (Punjab): An eighteen member
delegation led by BSF chief Raman Srivastava on Tuesday crossed
over the border to hold dialogue with his Pakistan counterpart
at Lahore.

This is first time that a BSF chief has crossed over
to Pakistan to hold dialogue on issues such as cross border
smuggling, infiltration and unprovoked firing.
"Meeting with the officers of Pakistani Border
Security Force and other related officials would continue from
October 26 to 30th October 2010."

"During the meeting, various key issues including
unprovoked firing, infiltration, smuggling of narcotics, fake
Indian currency, arms and ammunition, besides, other problems
faced by both the forces during joint patrolling would be
discussed," Director General of BSF Raman Srivastava said
before the visit.

Srivastava said this meeting with Pakistan officials
would create better relationships between the two border
guarding forces which would pave way for dialogue in future to
discuss various key issues.
Talking about the rocket attacks by Pakistan near
the Attari border, the BSF chief said that Pakistan was well
aware of the attacks and in this regard investigation was
being carried out by Pakistan`s CID to bring out the truth as
to who is responsible.

Pakistan had fired five rockets into Indian
territory which fell on the border villages during the
intervening night of January 8 and 9 this year.

In 2009, the first rocket attack from Pakistan side
took place on July 5, when three rockets were fired and second
time on September 11.

Refusing to comment on border disputes with China,
Srivastava said only two international borders of Pakistan and
Bangladesh is under the BSF.

The delegation members of BSF include DG Raman
Srivastava, Special DG West Parmpal Singh Sidhu, IG Himmat
Singh and IG Krishan lal Meena.

PTI