Pakistan, India border officials to meet next month in New Delhi

Published: August 26, 2015
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Pakistan and India’s border officials will meet next month in New Delhi for a bi-annual meeting, Pakistan Rangers officials told The Express Tribune on Wednesday.

“As per border ground rules 1961, a routine, biannual meeting of IG Border Security Force (BSF) and DG Pakistan Rangers is scheduled at  New Delhi from September 9 to September 13,” the official said.

“To coordinate the modalities of the September meeting, a prior meeting was held on Tuesday between representatives of Rangers and BSF at Wagah border.”

The meeting comes despite the last-minute scuttling of talks between the national security advisers of Pakistan and India. The cancellation of NSA talks also cast uncertainty on the proposed meetings between senior military officials of the two countries.

Read: After NSA fiasco, military talks also in doldrums

The separate meetings between Director General Military Operations (DGMOs) and heads of Pakistan Rangers and India’s Border Security Force (BSF) were part of the understanding reached between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in their meeting in the Russian city of Ufa last month.

New Delhi wanted the two meetings to take place before the NSA-level talks but Islamabad proposed the interaction between senior military officials in September. Islamabad had suggested September 6 for the meeting between the heads of Rangers and BSF. It would have been followed by the DGMOs’ meeting. However, with the NSA talks called off due to differences over the agenda as well as Pakistan’s invitation to Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders, the meetings between DGMOs as well as heads of Rangers and BSF are uncertain, said a senior Pakistani official.

Read: US expresses disappointment over cancellation of Pakistan, India peace talks

Different interpretations of the Ufa joint statement had led to a blame game that eventually compelled Pakistan to call off the NSA talks just hours before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was to travel to New Delhi.

While India was adamant that under the Ufa accord, the NSA meeting was restricted to terrorism-related issues, Pakistan insisted the Kashmir issue was very much part of the agenda.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Malatesh
    Aug 26, 2015 - 12:31PM

    Why pakistan doesn’t expressed interest to meet Hurriyat leaders sidelines of this meeting?
    Any pressure?Recommend

  • JSM
    Aug 26, 2015 - 1:00PM

    Will they also discuss Kashmir? Will Pksiatni delegation meet Hurriyat leaders before the meeting? If not, why not?Recommend

  • GKA
    Aug 26, 2015 - 1:46PM

    Good one Malatesh. I hear there is a subcontinental meeting on oceanography in November. Presume that Pakistan delegates to this conference would first meet the Hurriyat as wellRecommend

  • Aug 26, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Good Luck both countries, may the sanity prevails.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Aug 26, 2015 - 2:22PM

    Indians are past masters in evading real issues and trying to hoodwink the other party. They have not learned a lesson from past. All that Jinnah wanted was fool proof safeguard for Indian minorities in the sub continent but Nehru & Patel etc were trying to entangle him in a rigmarole, a time came when Jinnah said partition and nothing else.
    Now, again India is trying hard to side track the main issue of Kashmir in talks and entangle Pakistan in trade, commerce, industry etc. It is good that for once Pakistan leadership has clarified that Kashmir is the root cause and has to be dealt with.Recommend

  • SAEED PK
    Aug 26, 2015 - 4:05PM

    Is this not wastage of time without resolving core issue (K)?Recommend

  • hari
    Aug 26, 2015 - 5:51PM

    Lol so will they be bringing representatives of oppressed people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and meet with huriyat?!!!Recommend

  • Babloo
    Aug 26, 2015 - 6:04PM

    Why wont the border officials meet Hurriyat and discuss Kashmir ?
    Isn’t Kashmir tthe only border dispute ?

    So has Pakistan abandoned its position ??Recommend

  • abhi
    Aug 26, 2015 - 8:55PM

    Good comments, I hope they will not insist on meeting hurriyat first. Recommend

  • sabi
    Aug 26, 2015 - 10:28PM

    @Indian Trolls
    Why taking potshots at Pakistan for this meeting? Yes, Pakistan exists for Kashmir. AND KASHMIR ONLY. This may be hard for you to digest. The Pakistani high commissioner calls Hurriyat leaders every single morning before going to work. Our commitment is unwavering. Recommend

  • HZR
    Aug 26, 2015 - 10:37PM

    Kashmir leaders should be present in this meeting and issues will be promptly resolved? Recommend

  • True
    Aug 26, 2015 - 11:02PM

    Result: More aggressive posture from both sides. Indiscriminate firing on each other’s vulnerable positions. People dying like cattle. Show of strength & might on display. These are useless exercises as they bear no fruit. At the jawan level you can’t stop them or make them hold their triggers. Let’s hope neutrality prevails as bonhomie is not possible between the two & will never be there, Recommend

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