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No breakthrough at India-Pakistan flag meeting

Hindu, 28 August 2014

It may deter Pakistan from violating ceasefire again: BSF
After weeks of intense shelling between India and Pakistan along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, the two countries held a flag meeting on Wednesday to discuss ceasefire violations along the border.According to BSF sources, Pakistan refused to accept any blame and said they had only responded to firing from the Indian side.“Though there was no breakthrough at the meeting, it broke the ice and hopefully will deter them from violating the ceasefire again,” a senior BSF officer said.‘Flag meet will help reduce tensions’BSF officers see Wednesday’s flag meeting with Pakistan security forces as an important one that would de-escalate tensions between the two countries.The Indian side was led by the Commanding Officer of 33 BSF Battalion S.K. Singh while Wing Commander Mohammad Waqar of the 19 Desert Rangers represented the Pakistani side. The meeting lasted 45 minutes.While most of the ceasefire violations happened in the R.S. Pura sector, Pakistan chose to have the flag meeting in the Akhnoor sector, where very few ceasefire violations have happened in the past few weeks.According to the BSF, they had been asking their Pakistani counterparts for a flag meeting since the past two weeks but they did not respond.


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