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'BSF's 16 Attempts for Flag Meets Got No Response From Pak'

Jammu

BSF has approached the Pakistan Rangers at least 16 times for flag meetings but got tepid response, a top officer of the force said today and claimed the neighbouring country is resorting to ceasefire violations to divert attention of its people from its internal strife.

"Our Sector Commander (of BSF) has tried 16 times from July 16 this year till date to talk (for flag meeting) to counterpart on Pakistan side, but he has never responded. So what can you expect," Inspector General of BSF Jammu frontier, Rakesh Sharma told reporters here this evening.

Blaming Pakistan for ceasefire violations, he said "Generally you see that internal turmoil in Pakistan. They want to divert the attention of general public towards border from their internal turmoil and that is why they have risen the level of ceasefire violation".

"We have never refused any flag meetings. If Pakistan comes for a flag meeting we will certainly attend it. But as far as our stand is concerned, we have requested them in the past. They have not responded," he said.

"To share with you, as per the decision taken in the DG level talks, it was decided that as and when there is tension on the border, both the sector-level commanders from Indian and Pakistan sides will speak on hot line and resolve the issue," the IG said.

"We are concerned about it. Peace must prevail along the border. But Pakistan is not doing any efforts to bring peace. It is all upto Pakistan to defuse the situation," he added.

He said, "In all the case of violations, protest notes have been lodged. Response is always a denial mode. They always deny their involvement in the firing. We always provide them proof also and some times they do not even respond.

"The ammunition found are made in Pakistan ordinance factory, its marking is proof of it. It is their mortar shells," he said.

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OUTLOOK 24 August, 2014
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