Pak Rangers, BSF talks to begin on July 1

The Border Security Force (BSF) is hosting a five-day meet with Pakistan Rangers in Delhi from July 1 after a gap of two years to scale down hostility along the borders.

After their last meeting in Lahore in 2010, a delegation of Pakistan Rangers led by its  chief, Major General Rizwan Akhtar, will meet BSF DG U K Bansal and his team of senior officers.

The repeated ceasefire violation in the Jammu sector about a week back where Pakistani forces resorted to heavy firing had killed one BSF jawan and the issue is likely to figure in the meeting. 

The BSF is likely to move for having a hotline between the two forces so that such issues could be sorted at the cutting edge level then and there rather than New Delhi taking it up with Islamabad later. The BSF have a similar arrangement with Bangladesh.

“We have this communication system established in the east (Bangladesh) but not in the west (Pakistan). We want a similar communication system here too,” Bansal had said in his recent trip to Shillong.

The two sides are also expected to take up unfulfilled promise of increasing confidence building measures by cutting down the beating the retreat drill at the borders which ends up emotionally charging the atmosphere as people from across the border come to witness it.

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