DG level talks between India, Pakistan today; ceasefire violations on agenda

New Delhi: The Director General level bi-annual meeting between India and Pakistan border guarding forces will take place in Delhi on Wednesday.

DG level talks between India, Pakistan begins today; ceasefire violations on agenda

While the 15-member Pakistan delegation will be led by the senior Rangers Director General (Punjab) Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki, the 23-member Indian side would be headed by BSF DG D K Pathak during the talks and expected to raise issues like ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir, including sniper attacks on BSF personnel and infiltration.

Cross border firing, infiltration and smuggling are among the key issues to be discussed during the meeting.

The talks will also endeavour to focus on positive issues like different levels of communication, more simultaneous coordinated patrolling and other confidence building measures.

The talks between Indo-Pak border forces come after more than one-and-a-half-year. The last round was held in December 2013 in Lahore.

Despite it cancelling the NSA-level talks with India which made it clear that there should not be any meeting between Kashmiri separatists and Pakistani NSA Sartaj Aziz during his visit here, Islamabad had agreed to New Delhi’s proposal on a meeting between the two border guarding forces.

The Pakistani delegation is likely to stress on the activation of the UNMOGIP (UN Military Observer Group in Indian and Pakistan), they said.

Input with Agencies