India, Pak ‘Agree’ to Silence Guns

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JAMMU: The Sector Commander level flag meeting held between India and Pakistan at Zero line along the international border today, agreed to stop cross border firing and also resume the tradition of sweets exchange on various festivals.

“The Sector Commander level flag meeting was held between BSF and Pak Rangers this afternoon at Octroi Post in Ranbir Singh Pura Sector,” an official spokesman here said.

He said that delegation of Pak Rangers was led by Brigadier Mateen, Sector Commander Pak Rangers, Sialkot, Pakistan, who was accompanied by 14 other senior officers while the BSF delegation was led by J C Singla, DIG, BSF, Jammu.

“The discussion focused on de-escalation of firing on the International border of Jammu Region,” the spokesman said, adding that various other Border related issues were also discussed.

He further said that both sides agreed on certain confidence building measures including resuming of normal farming activities up to Zero Line, clearance of wild growth of ‘sarkanda’ in respective territories near IB, immediate holding of flag meeting in case of firing on the border and exchange of sweets on major festivals.

“The meeting was concluded in a cordial atmosphere with assurances from both sides,” he added. Agencies

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