Pakistan, India hold talks to reduce tension on border

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Pakistani and Indian border authorities will begin talks in New Delhi on Wednesday, aimed at reducing tension on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary.

Pakistan, India hold talks to reduce tension on border

In a press release, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that a 16-member delegation comprising of members from Pakistan Rangers Punjab and Sindh, Ministry of Interior, Survey of Pakistan and Anti-Narcotics Force headed by the Director General Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Major General Umar Farooq Burki left today from Wahga Border for routine bi-annual talks with the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at New Delhi.

The ISPR said that these talks are held alternatively in Pakistan and India, adding that both border guarding forces will discuss professional matters related to border management.

“In order to avoid losses to innocent civilian lives and properties the delegation will discuss issues pertaining to unprovoked ceasefire violations, smuggling and safe/early return of inadvertent border crossers,” the ISPR said.

In the border talks being held in New Delhi from September 9 to September 12, the Indian side will be represented by the Indian BSF Director General Devendra Kumar Pathak.

The Pakistani delegation during talks with Indian border authorities will take up the issue of unprovoked Indian firing along the LoC and the Working Boundary. The issue of the implementation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement will be raised at the meeting.

The Indian BSF personnel have committed more than 75 ceasefire violations at the LoC and Working Boundary during July-August 2015, the Punjab Rangers said on September 4.

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