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May 18, 2007

Indo-Pak officials discuss border issues at Wagah

 
May 18, 2007

LAHORE: The quarterly coordination meeting between delegations of the Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) and the Border Security Force, India, was held at the JCP Wagah (Pakistan side) here on Thursday.

The Pakistan delegation was led by Deputy Director-General Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Brig M Qaiser Khan Tareen, while the Indian side was headed by DIG BSF India Shri AK Jain.

According to sources, the meeting is part of a mutually agreed programme aimed at discussing measures being taken by the forces of the two countries for the management of border duties.

Talking to journalists from the two countries, Brig M Qaiser Khan Tareen said the status of this international border should remain the same and no further construction must be undertaken in this area.

Responding to a question posed by an Indian journalist, he said Pakistan is faced with terrorism and the government of Pakistan is strongly committed to curbing this transnational menace.

Answering another question, he said strong measures will be taken to curb trans-border smuggling through the Indian fence into Pakistan.

Replying to another question about inadvertent crossing over into Pakistani territory by an Indian official of the BSF, Brig Qaiser said he was returned to his country. The leader of Indian Rangers said the personnel was mentally disturbed due to his personal circumstances.

A list of 120 Pakistanis who crossed over the border into India by mistake would be given to the Indian authorities for their release from the Indian jails, it was learnt.

Official sources said the daylong meeting would continue deliberations on issues related to inadvertent crossers, illegal entrants and other border-related issues.

Other issues like drug trafficking, repatriation of inadvertent crossers and simultaneous coordinated patrolling along the international border also came under discussion.