BSF asks Pakistan Rangers to respect border ceasefire, demands return of policeman

The BSF spokesman the BSF demanded the return of J&K police constable Sohan Lal, who had crossed into Pakistan inadvertently in 2014.

Published: 22nd February 2017 09:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2017 09:35 PM   |  A+A-

Pakistan army soldiers (File | AP)

By Express News Service

SRINAGAR: The officials of BSF and Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday held a flag meeting at International Border (IB) in Jammu during which BSF asked Pakistani troops to respect border ceasefire and demanded the return of police constable Sohan Lal, who had inadvertently crossed to other side of the border in 2014.

“On the request of BSF, a border level meeting of officials of BSF and Pakistan Rangers was held at International Border of Jammu near BOP-Octroi ex 78 Bn from 1130  am to 1.15 pm,” a BSF spokesman said. 

He said the flag meeting was attended by 8 BSF officers and was led by P K Anand Commandant SHQ Jammu. “From Pakistan side, the meeting was attended by 5 Pakistan Rangers including 12 Wing Commander Lt Col  Irfan Khan.”

The spokesman said during the flag meeting, various issues including recent detection of tunnel and firing in Ramgarh sector along IB in Jammu province were discussed.

Sources said during the meeting, the BSF official told Pakistan Rangers to respect and uphold the 2003 border ceasefire accord. “The Pakistan Rangers were clearly told to uphold the border ceasefire and not to resort to ceasefire violations by firing on Indian posts and civilian areas”.

The BSF spokesman the BSF demanded the return of J&K police constable Sohan Lal, who had crossed into Pakistan inadvertently in 2014.

“The other routine issues related to management of border were also discussed,” he said. 

According to the BSF spokesman, the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere with handing over of sweets.

“Both sides agreed to maintain cordial relation and peace and tranquility at IB,” he added. 

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