India-Pakistan flag meet: BSF condemned unprovoked firing by the Pakistani rangers. The Indian side asserted that such "provocative" acts would "not be tolerated". The meeting was the first between the two sides since “heavy shelling and firing was experienced on the IB during the last week”.
The BSF and Pakistan Rangers, on Thursday (January 25), held a flag meeting along the International Border (IB) in RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kashmir during which India registered its strong protest on the recent spate of firing from Pakistan. As per a report by The Indian Express, during the meet, the Indian side asserted that such “provocative” acts would “not be tolerated”. “During the meeting, BSF strongly objected to the dastardly acts of sniping of its soldiers on January 3 and 17 from Pakistan side and then its further resorting to unprovoked firing and shelling targeting number of Indian villages, innocent civilians and their properties,’’ a BSF official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. “The BSF conveyed strong protest with a message that such provocative acts are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the border guarding force said in a statement.
The BSF had fired over 9,000 rounds of mortar shells across the Jammu IB in the last few days as part of “pinpointed” retaliatory action against this “unprovoked” firing from across the border. BSF said it had destroyed firing positions and fuel dumps of the Pakistan Rangers at multiple places. Senior officials of the force and in the Union home ministry in Delhi had said that the situation along the 190-km IB was “very tense”. The BSF Director General (DG) toured the area recently and said that his men were on a high alert, as per various media reports.
The meeting was the first between the two sides since “heavy shelling and firing was experienced on the IB during the last week”. The 30-minute meeting held at noon saw a five-member BSF team led by BSF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) PS Dhiman sitting across a 10-member Pakistan Rangers team that was headed by Brigadier Amjad Hussain of Pakistan Rangers, sector commander of the Chenab (Sialkot) sector. The last such meeting was held on September 29.