Pak Rangers, In­dian BSF chiefs to meet on Sept 9

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pak­istan and In­dia's bor­der of­fi­cials will meet next month in New Delhi for a bi-an­nual meet­ing, Pak­istan Rangers of­fi­cials said on Wed­nes­day.

"As per bor­der ground rules 1961, a rou­tine, bian­nual meet­ing of IG Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) and DG Pak­istan Rangers is sched­uled at New Delhi from Septem­ber 9 to Septem­ber 13," the of­fi­cial said. "To co­or­di­nate the modal­i­ties of the Septem­ber meet­ing, a prior meet­ing was held on Tues­day be­tween rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Rangers and BSF at Wa­gah bor­der."

The meet­ing comes de­spite the last-minute scut­tling of talks be­tween the na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vis­ers of Pak­istan and In­dia. The can­cel­la­tion of NSA talks also cast un­cer­tainty on the pro­posed meet­ings be­tween se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cials of the two coun­tries. The sep­a­rate meet­ings be­tween Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Mil­i­tary Oper­a­tions (DGMOs) and heads of Pak­istan Rangers and In­dia's Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) were part of the un­der­stand­ing reached be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his In­dian coun­ter­part Naren­dra Modi in their meet­ing in the Rus­sian city of Ufa last month.

New Delhi wanted the two meet­ings to take place be­fore the NSA-level talks but Is­lam­abad pro­posed the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cials in Septem­ber. Is­lam­abad had sug­gested Septem­ber 6 for the meet­ing be­tween the heads of Rangers and BSF. It would have been fol­lowed by the DGMOs' meet­ing.

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