Pakistan, India agree to stop ceasefire violations at working boundary

Published: September 12, 2015
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DG Punjab Rangers sahkes hand with the Indian BSF official at Wagah Border. PHOTO: AFP

DG Punjab Rangers sahkes hand with the Indian BSF official at Wagah Border. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, India agreed on Saturday to restore ceasefire at the working boundary to save lives of innocent civilians, said military officials.

The breakthrough came at the bi-annual meeting between Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force (BSF). The meeting was held under a ‘cordial atmosphere’ with both sides also agreeing to carryout joint investigations of future ceasefire violations.

Indian authorities also agreed to enhance communication via multiple modes at all possible levels to maintain peace on working boundary.

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After Pakistan strongly raised the issue of killing of Rangers personnel during flag meeting, Director General BSF assured that no such incident would reoccur in the future. Both sides also reached consensus to move forward while agreeing to conduct joint investigations if any such incident occurred in the future.

Refuting the allegations levied by BSF that Pakistan provides support to people crossing into India illegally, Pakistan Rangers reiterated its stance that it does not support any border crossing as a policy.

Although BSF is maintaining impregnable border control through fencing, lights on borders and other surveillance means, both sides agreed to work on methods to further strengthen the border control.

While responding to allegations of smuggling, DG Punjab Rangers emphasised on the need to enhance border control mechanism to enforce check on cross-border smuggling, while reiterating that Pakistan has zero tolerance for smuggling of narcotics and Indian liquor. India also agreed to share information about cartels involved in cross-border activities to help Pakistan Rangers taking necessary actions.

During the flag meeting, Pakistani delegation raised the issue of new fences on the border, saying the construction of any new defence structure is against the existing agreed norms due to the disputed status of Indian Kashmir. BSF agreed to refer the issue to the Indian government.

The Pakistani delegation will head back home today via Wagah border.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Raisani
    Sep 12, 2015 - 10:15PM

    Never trust India! Recommend

  • TiffinBox
    Sep 13, 2015 - 12:28AM

    @Raisani, thank you. Now, start worrying about Pakistan “trust” factor which has already dwindled down globally. Recommend

  • Patay Khan
    Sep 13, 2015 - 1:42AM

    Really? Promise by God?Recommend

  • Jalal
    Sep 13, 2015 - 2:05AM

    Gone to New Delhi to beg India to please stop. Modi tactics working. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Sep 13, 2015 - 2:09AM

    Good policy by General Raheel Sharif Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Brar
    Sep 13, 2015 - 5:08AM

    @Raisani: Trust those who lied to the whole world.Recommend

  • vasan
    Sep 13, 2015 - 6:05AM

    Never ever trust PakistanRecommend

  • Union Jack
    Sep 13, 2015 - 6:22AM

    @Raisani:
    Our same sentiments for Pakistan. Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn
    Sep 13, 2015 - 7:45AM

    @Raisani: Yes, trust the country where Osama was found & which proliferated nuclear technology.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 13, 2015 - 8:57AM

    Good decision. Only a fool would want war between India and Pakistan. Recommend

  • The Book Says
    Sep 13, 2015 - 11:13AM

    Let the third party decide whom to trust.Recommend

  • Figaro
    Sep 13, 2015 - 5:31PM

    @TiffinBox:
    don’t worry about the world, worry about yourself.The world is safe that’s why they are ready to put up with Pakistan unlike Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, although that’s another story of lies and treachery of the powers on earth.Recommend

  • Montague
    Sep 13, 2015 - 5:36PM

    @Jalal:
    are you disappointed that this meeting took place as per schedule? What a sad personality you must be!Recommend

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