Pak Rangers team arrives; talks with BSF from Monday
A high-level delegation comprising Pakistan Rangers and Interior Ministry official on Sunday arrived here for five-day talks with BSF to sort out border-related issues.
New Delhi: A high-level delegation comprising Pakistan Rangers and Interior Ministry official on Sunday arrived here for five-day talks with BSF to sort out border-related issues.
The 18-member delegation, led by Pakistan Rangers Director General (Sindh) Maj Gen Rizwan Akhtar, was received by Border Security Force chief UK Bansal and senior officials of the force as they landed here from Amritsar after entering India through the Wagah border in the morning.
The Pakistan delegation also comprises the second Rangers DG (Punjab) Maj Gen Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain, Additional Secretary in the Pakistan Interior Ministry Najibullah Khan and other senior officials.
The top brass of both the border guarding forces are meeting in Delhi for the first time and the talks are aimed at thrashing out a host of issues including recent incidents of firing and ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Indo-Pak border.
BSF, according to sources, is expected to flag a number of issues to the visiting team which include unprovoked firing by Pakistan troops in Jammu and Sialkot sectors, death of two BSF personnel in the last few months because of sniper firing and a spurt in the smuggling of narcotic drugs from across the border.
The BSF delegation will also include senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, PWD officials of Punjab government, sleuths of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and officials from the Survey of India.
The Indian side would also raise the issue of illegal crossing of Pakistani nationals into Indian territory and the return of inadvertent crossers, arrest of fishermen and confiscation their fishing boats off the Gujarat coast and construction of unauthorised defence infrastructure along the International Border (IB).
The talks will begin tomorrow at the BSF headquarters here after a ceremonial guard of honour is accorded by the Indian border guards to the visiting delegation.
A joint record of discussions will also be signed on July 5, when the talks conclude.