Indo-Pak DGs Focus on Ending Violence along International Border

The DGs of BSF and Pakistan Rangers agreed the focus must be on future rather than debate over past incidents.

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BSF Director General DK Pathak shakes hands with Pakistani Rangers DG, Major General Umar Farooq Burki. (Photo: PTI)

Border guards of India and Pakistan on Thursday agreed to end ceasefire violations by devising new strategies like joint patrolling in some areas along the International Border (IB). The Directors General of BSF and Pakistan Rangers met in New Delhi in the face of escalating tensions.

On the first day of the talks, the two sides decided to have a positive outlook for the future.

The meeting took place as per an agreement between Modi and Sharif in Ufa despite the cancellation of the NSA talks last month. The meeting is being held after a gap of 21 months.

During the talks, both sides agreed that talks should focus on future and devising a mechanism to prevent any escalation of tension along the border.

“The most significant takeaway of the talks has been that the two sides agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquillity on this border is the most important issue and this needs to be implemented on the ground,” officials said.

After the day-long talks, BSF Chief DK Pathak, who led the Indian side, expressed happiness over the deliberations.

I wouldn’t say anything beyond that the talks went on in a very cordial manner and we are happy about it... Talks are meant to end the animosity and I am very happy with talks. It has progressed in a positive atmosphere.
– DK Pathak, BSF Chief

Sources said the Indian side suggested that rather than debating past incidents, the two sides should work on a “future” strategy to make this border peaceful and safe for the troops and civilians alike.

“Pakistan agreed to this point and after some more positive talks it was mutually decided that the session should be extended by a day,” they said.

BSF Director General DK Pathak and Pakistani Rangers DG (Punjab), Major General Umar Farooq Burki at the meet. (Photo: PTI)
BSF Director General DK Pathak and Pakistani Rangers DG (Punjab), Major General Umar Farooq Burki at the meet. (Photo: PTI)

The Rangers, led by their DG (Punjab) Umar Farooq Burki, suggested initiation of joint patrolling along some mutually identified areas on this border which was agreed to by India, officials said.

Sources said the Rangers “did not bring on table” the issue of activation of the UNMOGIP (UN Military Observer Group in Indian and Pakistan) for monitoring the border situation.

The preliminary talks, which were to conclude on Thursday, will now carry on for another session on Friday. On September 12, both the sides will sign minutes of the meeting.

According to itinerary, the Pakistani Rangers are scheduled to call on Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday and later meet officials of the Pakistan High Commission.

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