New Delhi, June 4: The Pakistan Rangers on Monday sought a meeting with the Border Security Force (BSF) over the latter’s response to the continuous ceasefire violations and shelling on Indian villages. The meeting was held after the BSF pounded the Pakistan Rangers posts and villages with mortar shells and firing in response to repeated ceasefire violations in last four days. On Monday morning, the Pakistan Rangers had targeted four border outposts of the BSF in Akhnoor sector.

At the meeting, the Pakistan Rangers said to have told the BSF that they will hold fire and will not initiate any cross-border firing. To which, the BSF told the Pakistani side that they will only retaliate when provoked.  In the meeting, both the sides agreed to maintain peace and tranquillity by holding fire.

“A BSF-Pak Rangers Sector Commander level meeting was held at 5.30 pm opposite Border out Post (BoP) Octroi. Meeting went off in a conducive atmosphere with prime focus to maintain peace and tranquility on border,” a BSF spokesperson said. “The meeting is likely to bring firing-free environment, particularly for border area villagers on both sides. Commanders on both sides agreed to keep talks on every level to develop confidence between two border guarding forces,” a BSF statement said.

The next Sector Commander level meeting will now take place on June 21. The BSF delegation, comprising of half a dozen officers, was led by its Deputy Inspector General, Jammu Sector, P.S. Dhiman while Brigadier Amjad Hussain, Sector Commander, Sialkot, led the Pakistan delegation which comprised of 10 officers. (Also Read: Series of Grenade Attacks at Security Forces Injure 16)

The meeting was the third such meeting this year amid heavy shelling and firing on the International Border. The last sector commander-level meeting was held on the International Border in Suchetgarh area of Jammu on February 23.

On Sunday, Union minister Hansraj Ahir said that the government would be forced to revoke the Ramzan ceasefire it had announced last month if Pakistan continued to indulge in cross-border firing and terrorism. His statement came on a day when two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were martyred and several civilians injured as Pakistan violated ceasefire violation along the International Border (IB) in Jammu region.

With agency inputs