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Punjab Rangers, BSF agree to maintain peace on borders

Punjab Rangers and Indian Border Security Forces have agreed to continue endeavours to reduce friction and create environment for betterment and prosperity of their respective populace.
The two-day bi-annual meeting between Pakistan Rangers and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) concluded at Headquarters Pakistan Rangers Punjab Headquarters in Lahore on Thursday.
Both sides decided to seek solution of bilateral issues through enhanced contact and communication at all levels.
The meeting also dilated upon the issue of expediting repatriation of inadvertent border crossers and mutually agreed to ensure their safe return. They acknowledged the concerted efforts put in by both the forces to check cross border smuggling of narcotics and contrabands.
Both sides agreed to encourage local commanders to resolve minor issues related to border management by frequent flag meetings.
Both sides expressed the resolve to continue sharing information.
Both sides pledged to continue endeavours to reduce friction and create environment for betterment and prosperity of their respective populace. The next meeting will be held in India in first quarter of next year.
According to Pakistani media reports during second round of two-day bi-annual talks matters related to border management were discuss. It was agreed upon in the meeting that the return of the people who mistakenly cross the border should be made certain within 48 hours.
The two sides decided to share information regarding prevention of drug trafficking and agreed upon joint patrol of the border.
The host delegation was be led by Maj. Gen Umar Farooq Burki while the Indian side was headed by BSF Director General KK Sharma.
Indian BSF delegation returned home in the evening.
On Wednesday in the first day of talks, the two sides agreed on not violating the ceasefire along the border.
Representatives from the interior ministry, the Pakistan Rangers (Sindh), Anti-Narcotics Force and the Survey of Pakistan also took part on the opening day of the discussions, the spokesman added.
The DG-level talks between the two sides are a bi-annual affair, but several times these meetings have not taken place due to a strain in relations between the two countries.
According to Indian media the BSF, in a statement, said talks on Thursday ended on a “optimistic note” with both sides agreeing to undertaking constant endeavours to maintain peaceful and tranquil frontiers as the two border guarding forces agreed that there has been a greater adherence to ceasefire along the International Border (IB), since September last year.
BSF Director General K K Sharma and Pak Rangers (Punjab) DG Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki, signed a joint record of discussions at the end of the meeting.
“The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and with a spirit of cooperation. It was agreed that since the last such meeting in Delhi in September 2015, there has been a greater adherence to ceasefire along the IB. “DG, BSF (Sharma) stressed the importance of vigilance against cross border infiltration to prevent terrorist activities and check smuggling in narcotics. Both sides discussed ways to strengthen measures to coordinate border patrolling on their respective sides of the border and address each other’s concerns in a time bound manner,” it said. Agencies