Jammu: The BSF strongly raised the issue of unprovoked firing, killing of civilians and usage of tunnels for cross-border crimes along the Indo-Pak border during a high-level meeting with their counterparts– Pakistan Rangers — that concluded here on Tuesday.
The Rangers, led by their DG (Sindh) Maj Gen Muhammad Saeed, had arrived in India on November 8 as part of the bi- annual talks with the Border Security Force (BSF), which was led by its director general K K Sharma.
The visiting delegation went back this afternoon.
The Indian side firmly and strongly took up specific issues of concern including incidents of unprovoked cross- border firing, smuggling of narcotics, infiltration attempts, tunneling and defence construction activities, the BSF said in a statement.
A senior officer privy to the talks said the BSF also asked the Rangers to take steps and ensure that their land is not used by terrorists to infiltrate into India.
It specifically underlined the discovery of a number of tunnels along the International Border in the Jammu region that are used by the other side to facilitate cross-border smuggling and infiltration, the officer said.
While the Pakistani delegation raised the issue of targeted firing by the BSF, it was made clear that such an action is resorted to when unprovoked firing from the other side kills troops, civilians or leads to other damage.
The BSF statement said the talks, in presence of officials from the home ministry and anti-narcotics departments of the two countries, were held in a constructive atmosphere and the need for cooperation to maintain the sanctity of the borders was stressed upon.
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