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Guns fall silent for the time being at India-Pak border

Times of India, 28 August 2014

NEW DELHI: With two days of silence on the border and a "successful" flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday, BSF is now hopeful that there will be break in ceasefire violations on the India-Pak border, for some time at least. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was on Wednesday also briefed by the BSF on the ground situation along the border in Jammu and Kashmir where Pakistan has been continuously firing on frontier posts and civilian areas. According to sources, Pakistan rangers finally responded to BSF's repeated calls for flag meeting and the two sides met in Akhnoor sector in Jammu on Wednesday afternoon. Sources said, the meeting was largely an "icebreaking exercise" where it was decided that further discussions on stopping ceasefire violations would be taken in a sector-level meeting to be held in the next couple of days. "The meeting was positive and we hope things will improve from here on the border. But we will wait and watch their response. In these past few days, we have inflicted heavy casualties on Pakistan side. This may have pushed them to come on the negotiating table. Had they done this earlier, force and civilian lives on both sides could have been saved," said a BSF officer. 


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