New Delhi, June 14: India’s BSF and the Pakistan Rangers have agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, an official statement said on Thursday. The meeting was held on Wednesday evening at the Octroi border outpost. The meeting came after four BSF troopers were killed were killed as Pakistan resorted to ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Chambliyal sector.
Deputy Inspector General BSF Frontier, P.S. Dhiman led the eight-member Indian team while the six-member Pakistan Rangers was represented by Brigadier Muhammad Amjad Hussain.
“Recent incidents of ceasefire violations on the international border were discussed. The two sides agreed to maintain peace and tranquility on and maintain periodic contact to defuse tensions on the border,” BSF sources said.
Meanwhile, one Army personnel and two militants were killed during an operation in Bandipora’s Panar forest area in the morning. The operation is still underway and more details are awaited.
Ceasefire violations have continued even after the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan on May 29 agreed to implement the 2003 ceasefire pact earnestly in a bid to ensure peace on both the international border and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
On June 4, the Pakistan Rangers sought a flag meeting in which it was agreed to respect the bilateral ceasefire. So far this year, 50 people including 24 security personnel, have been in ceasefire violations.
Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a spurt in Pakistani shelling and firing along the IB and the Line of Control (LoC) this year. Over 700 incidents of fire and shelling were reported, which left 38 people including 18 security personnel dead and scores injured.
(With agency inputs)