India, Pak border guards hold flag meeting; pledge to maintain peace, tranquility at border

The BSF spokesman said during the flag meeting, both sides reiterated their commitment to maintain peace and tranquility at the IB.

Published: 23rd May 2017 07:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd May 2017 07:50 PM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

SRINAGAR: As Indian army disclosed that it had recently launched punitive fire assaults on Pakistani positions across the Line of Control (LoC), the commanders of Indian and Pakistani border guards met at International Boundary (IB) in Suchetgarh sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday and reiterated commitment to maintain peace and tranquility at the border.

A BSF spokesman said on request of Pakistan Rangers, a Commandant-Wing Commander level flag meeting was held between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers at IB in Suchetgarh sector of Jammu region today.

He said the flag meeting was held at 11.30 am and lasted for about an hour.

“During the meeting, commanders of the border guards of the two sides inter alia, discussed various issues including recent unprovoked firing in Arnia sector and other routine issues related to border management,” the spokesman said. 

Pakistani troops have breached border ceasefire along Line of Control (LoC) and IB in Jammu region many a times during this month causing civilian casualties and damaging houses and schools.  After the Pakistani troops shelling, the schools along the LoC in Rajouri district were closed for some days and population shifted to safer places as a precautionary measure.

The BSF spokesman said during the flag meeting, both sides reiterated their commitment to maintain peace and tranquility at the IB.

“It was decided to re-energize instant communication between field commanders, whenever required, to resolve the petty matters,” he said.

The meeting, he said, was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both sides agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier meetings.

Indian Army today said it recently launched punitive fire assaults on Pakistani positions across the Line of Control in Nowhsera sector in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir inflicting some damage to Pakistani troops.

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