India, Pak hold flag meet on IB in Jammu, discuss border issues


India and Pakistan today discussed border issues at Sector Commander level flag meet held along International Border in Ranbir Singh Pura area of Jammu.

“On request of Pakistan Rangers, a Sector Commander level Flag Meeting was held today between Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers from 1130 hours to 1320 hours on International Border in Suchetgarh area,” official spokesman here said.

He said that the BSF delegation comprising 18 officers was led by P S Dhiman, DIG BSF Jammu Sector and Brig Amjad Hussain, Sector Commander Chenab Rangers, Sialkote Punjab, Pakistan led the Pakistan delegation comprising of 18 officers including 03 Wing Commanders.

It was the first Sector Commander level meeting between two border guarding forces since heavy shelling and firing experienced on the international border in Oct-Nov 2016 and after several infiltration attempts initiated from Pak soil in recent months, which were successfully foiled by BSF including killing of three terrorists infiltrated by tunnel on Nov 29, 2016 and further detection of tunnel on Feb 13, 2017 in Chamliyal area of Ramgarh Sector.

He said that during meeting, Commanders of both the border guarding forces, inter alia, discussed various issues including forced infiltration attempt on 18-19 Oct, 2016 in Bobiya Sector, snipping of late Constable Gurnam Singh, recent detection of tunnel, infiltration attempts by the terrorists from Pakistan territory and firing in Ramgarh Sector as well as return of Constable Sohan Lal of J&K Police who crossed to Pakistan inadvertently in 2014 and other routine issues related to border management were discussed.

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

He added that the meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both sides agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier meeting and committed to each other to maintain peace and tranquillity at International Border.