India, Pakistan border guards hold 2nd flag meeting in Kashmir

India, Pakistan border guards hold 2nd flag meeting in Kashmir
# 30 August 2014 01:28 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA.The border guards of India and Pakistan Friday held second commander- level flag meeting on international border (IB) in Kashmir aimed at defusing the tension in wake of heavy firing between the two sides during past several days, officials said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The flag meeting was held at Octrio border outpost in Suchetgarh belt of R S Pora along IB and lasted more than three hours, officials said.

During the meeting both sides conveyed their concerns over the recent cease-fire violations and urged upon each other to respect cease-fire.

Indian side was represented by deputy Inspector Generals B S Kasana and R K Gurunag of Border Security Force (BSF), while as Brigadier Matheen and sector commander Lt Col Mohammed Ali of Pakistan Rangers represented Pakistani side.

On Wednesday first flag meeting was held in Pargwal belt in Akhnoor sector, however hours after fierce exchange broke out between two sides in the sector that lasted until Thursday morning.

This month has seen a surge in cease-fire violations on line-of- control (LoC) and IB in Kashmir and both the sides suffered causalities and damages in recent firing.

Indian government Thursday said they would carry out talks with Pakistan within bilateral framework. The statement came after upper house of lawmaking body in Indian-controlled Kashmir passed a resolution that local government should urge New Delhi to resume dialogue with Islamabad and take steps for prevention of firing on LoC and IB in Kashmir.

Indian-controlled Kashmir local government said the firing has affected over 15,000 people of 5000 families in 45 villages along IB in Jammu province.

New Delhi last week cancelled the foreign secretary-level talks with Islamabad, citing its reservations over Islamabad's proximity with Kashmiri separatists. The cancellation of talks increased tension between the two countries.

The Director General Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries during a telephonic conversation on Tuesday had agreed to meet face-to-face to "reduce" tension on the borders of Kashmir.

New Delhi and Islamabad have an institutional weekly telephone hotline dialogue between their DGMOs to keep things under check on LoC and border.

Last year deadly skirmishes took place between Indian and Pakistani troops posted on 720 km-long LoC and 198 km IB in Kashmir.

New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe cease-fire along IB and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the cease-fire remains in effect.

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