BSF, Pakistan Rangers agree not to violate border ceasefire

Jammu, Oct 27: Field commanders of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) andPakistan Rangers on Tuesday agreed to respect the bilateral ceasefire and work together to bring down tension on the border in Jammu and Kashmir.

This was agreed at a flag meeting between BSF’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) B.S. Kasana and Pakistan Rangers’ Brig. Waseem Jaffar Bhatti on the international border in Suchetgarh sector of Jammu district.

Briefing the media after the flag meeting, BSF’s Inspector General, Frontier, Jammu, Rakesh Sharma said the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and the two sides have agreed to work together to uphold the ceasefire on the i nternational border.

“Pakistani Ranger field commanders have assured not to violate the ceasefire and we have told them there would be no unprovoked firing from our side,” he said.

Sources in the BSF said the Indian side blamed the Pakistan Rangers for targeting civilians, one of whom was killed last week in unprovoked firing in Mawa village of Samba district.

Pakistan Rangers said the BSF had earlier fired at Pakistani farmers near the international border.

“Our field commanders clarified to them that BSF troopers had fired after noticing suspicious movements around 1 a.m. last week suspecting that militants could be attempting infiltration.

“They (Rangers) were told that no farmer would try to come closer to the border fencing at that hour of the night,” a source said.

More than 3000 residents of border villages in Samba district have abandoned their homes during the last seven days because of indiscriminate shelling by Pakistan Rangers.

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