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India, Pak agree to end ceasefire violations

By The Assam Tribune
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NEW DELHI, Sept 10 - Border guards of India and Pakistan today agreed to end ceasefire violations by devising new strategies, like joint patrolling in some areas along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, as their chiefs met here against the backdrop of escalation in tensions.

On the first day of the talks between Directors General of BSF and Pakistan Rangers, the two sides decided to have a positive outlook for the future while blaming each other for initiating incidents of ceasefire violations.

The meeting between the DGs of border guards took place as per an agreement between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa in July and despite the cancellation of the NSA-level talks last month. Such a meeting is being held after a gap of 21 months.

During the talks today, both sides agreed that it would serve no purpose if talks hovered about the past and rather focus should be on future and devising mechanism to prevent any escalation of tension along the border.

�The most significant takeaway of the talks has been that the two sides agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquillity on this border is the most important issue and this needs to be implemented on the ground,� officials said.

After the day-long talks, BSF chief DK Pathak, who led the Indian side, expressed happiness over the deliberations between the two countries.

�I wouldn�t say anything beyond that the talks went on in a very cordial manner and we are happy about it... Talks are meant to end the animosity and I am very happy with talks. It has progressed in a positive atmosphere,� Pathak said. � PTI

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India, Pak agree to end ceasefire violations

NEW DELHI, Sept 10 - Border guards of India and Pakistan today agreed to end ceasefire violations by devising new strategies, like joint patrolling in some areas along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, as their chiefs met here against the backdrop of escalation in tensions.

On the first day of the talks between Directors General of BSF and Pakistan Rangers, the two sides decided to have a positive outlook for the future while blaming each other for initiating incidents of ceasefire violations.

The meeting between the DGs of border guards took place as per an agreement between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Ufa in July and despite the cancellation of the NSA-level talks last month. Such a meeting is being held after a gap of 21 months.

During the talks today, both sides agreed that it would serve no purpose if talks hovered about the past and rather focus should be on future and devising mechanism to prevent any escalation of tension along the border.

�The most significant takeaway of the talks has been that the two sides agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquillity on this border is the most important issue and this needs to be implemented on the ground,� officials said.

After the day-long talks, BSF chief DK Pathak, who led the Indian side, expressed happiness over the deliberations between the two countries.

�I wouldn�t say anything beyond that the talks went on in a very cordial manner and we are happy about it... Talks are meant to end the animosity and I am very happy with talks. It has progressed in a positive atmosphere,� Pathak said. � PTI

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