BSF and Pak Rangers meet

India objects to killing of BSF soldiers in flag meet with Pakistan

This meeting is the first Sector Commander level meeting held on the request of Pak Rangers between the two border guarding forces since heavy shelling and firing experienced on the International Border during the last week in which BSF gave calibrated reply to Pakistan.

India Thursday told Pakistan that it will not tolerate sniping of its soldiers and subsequent firing and shelling on its civilians along the border.

A senior BSF official on condition of anonymity said: "This time we are not exchanging candies with Pakistani Rangers".

Chiefs of border forces from India and Pakistan met on Thursday to find ways to de-escalate tensions after ugly skirmishes on the worldwide border and Line of Control in Jammu region left several people dead. Police have sought Army's help to set up a bomb disposal squad and detect and defuse bomb shells.

"BSF officers also strongly raised the issue of unprovoked firing and mortar shelling on civilian areas by the Pakistani troops, causing civilian casualties and damage to properties on this side of the border", the spokesman said. Schools and educational institutions in the five-kilometre range of IB and LoC have been shut as a precautionary measure.

Around 10,000 residents of border villages in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts have migrated, leaving behind their homes, fields and cattle.

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