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India, Pakistan hold peace talks as Indian soldier loses life in LoC firing

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Amid a growing war of words and firing from across the border, Indian and Pakistani border security forces sat across the table in a meeting to “talk about the future” even as an Indian Army soldier was injured in a cross-border firing.

According to highly-placed sources in the Border Security Force, India did most of the talking on the first day of the director general level peace talks with the Pakistan Rangers. All issues, including ceasefire violations and sniper firing targeting Indian soldiers were raised.

As the peace talks concluded “cordially”, both sides agreed to take steps to start coordinated patrolling at the border, along with the monitoring of ceasefire violations.

Saturday, last day of the director-general talks will also see an accord signed between the two sides.

“India did most of the talking and Pakistan was receptive. The talks concluded in a cordial manner.

“Pakistan mentioned some incidents of the past. We said we would not gain anything from the past. We said if you have 20 points, we have 40 points. Let’s devise a system so that this situation is controlled,” an official said.

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Meanwhile, the Pakistani delegation, according to the sources, said they were under pressure from the civil society for maintaining peace and had the responsibility of protecting civilians like the Indian side.

The major focus of the meetings was to open more channels of communication, opening sector level communications and take it to battalion and post level.

As the talks went on, an Indian soldier was injured in Pakistani firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

“Lance Naik Bhupender Singh was injured in Pakistan Army sniper fire on the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector this (Thursday) evening,” defense ministry officials said.

In the meeting, Pakistan raised the issue of airspace violation while India raised the infiltration issue, and questioned how the Pakistan Rangers could not be aware of it.

However, the issue of involving a third party for monitoring truce violations was not raised by Pakistan but the Rangers admitted their failure in being unable to check infiltration.

“They said they don’t have hi-tech infrastructure along the border like India,” an official said.

According to reports, Pakistan had listed in its agenda a revived role for the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) for intervening in ceasefire violations.

The talks assume special significance as earlier scheduled talks between the national security advisers of India and Pakistan was called off following disagreement over the discussion of the Kashmir issue.

Nawaz_Sharif_Narendra_Modi_AP_360x270The decision for reviving the meeting was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at their meeting in Ufa.

It was envisaged in the meeting that the top leadership of both the border guarding forces will meet periodically and discuss issues of relevance to both the forces.

Issues requiring coordinated efforts like dealing with drug menace, smuggling, simultaneous coordinated patrolling, timely exchange of information etc. were to form the core of discussions.

After the meeting in Ufa, there have been over 100 ceasefire violations since Modi and Sharif met in Ufa. Till June, there have been 199 ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Official figures reveal that around 430 ceasefire violations occurred on the international border while 153 violations were reported on the LoC in 2014. In 2013, the number was at 347.

In August, there was at least one incident of sniper firing that killed a soldier while two similar incidents occurred in July.

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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Heroin worth Rs. 100 crore seized by BSF in Punjab

22kg heroine was recovered during a combat between Pakistani smugglers and BSF troopers

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BSF recovers heroine worth Rs. 100 crores from Pakistani smugglers. Wikimedia Commons.

In a joint operation, Border Security Forces (BSF) troopers and the Punjab Police have recovered 22kg of heroin in Punjab’s Ferozepur sector following exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers near the international border, a BSF officer said on Saturday.

The encounter took place late on Friday following a tip-off that smugglers were trying to send heroin consignment into India.

At least one Pakistani smuggler was injured in the exchange of fire as blood stains were found during search of the area on Saturday, BSF officer D.S. Rajpurohit said.

The BSF recovered a pistol and one Pakistani Sim card.

The BSF also arrested three Indian smugglers who were waiting close to the border fence to collect the heroin consignment.

The smugglers were trying to smuggle the heroin consignment using a plastic pipe across the border fence.

The heroin is worth nearly Rs 110 crore in the international market.

The Ferozepur border is around 275 km from here.

Punjab shares a 553-km-long barbed-wire fenced international border with Pakistan. (IANS)

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Indian Army vows to take Revenge on Mutilation of 2 Soldiers by Pakistan

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Jammu, May 3, 2017: Last week on Monday at 8:30 am, two Indian soldiers along with their captain were killed after Pakistani terrorists attacked an army camp in Kupwara.

The soldiers who were killed, trapped and ambushed were Naib Subedar Paramjeet Singh, an army soldier, and Prem Sagar, a Border Security Force constable. Indian army’s Northern command reported that Pakistan used rockets and mortar bombs on 2 posts along Line of Control where these soldiers were patrolling.

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“Pakistan fired unprovoked on two army posts in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch along the Line of Control,” said the army. Following Pakistan firing that killed 2 soldiers, India retaliated with heavy mortar firing immediately.

Pakistan mutilated 2 Indian soldiers along the Line of Control when they were patrolling.(Twitter)

Calling India’s allegation as “false”, Pakistan has denied violating ceasefire and disrespecting Indian army. After India vowed revenge for the mutilation of its two soldiers killed in firing along the LOC and promised to respond strongly as well as firmly.

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According to NDTV report, Indian Union Minister Arun Jaitley has described the mutilation as “reprehensible and inhuman” calling them to be unfit even during wars. He further continued, “the incident is set to worsen ties between the two countries, which have been deeply strained after repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and the death sentence handed to Indian man Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in Pakistan last year.”

It is to be noted that last year in September, Indian soldiers have crossed the Line of Control late at night to attack staging areas for terrorists in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and returned home safely before dawn under the banner of “Surgical strike”. This action came 10 days after “Uri Pakistani attacks” which left 19 military personnel dead.

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, Twitter: @himanshi1104

 

 

 

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BSF jawan’s exposure on Poor Food Quality lands him in trouble, Wife alleges Officials for Arrest and Torture

The inquiry committee has found him guilty and recommended disciplinary actions against him

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Soldiers at border (Credits- VOA)

New Delhi, Feb 12, 2017: Few days ago, a BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav made a plight to the Prime minister and people of India through a series of videos, where he revealed the kind apathy BSF soldiers face from their seniors when they are posted on LOC (Line Of Control).

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The videos brought out the nation to take notice about the pathetic condition of food served to BSF soldiers. He accused the seniors for the apathy donned over them. Following it, a new video surfaced the internet in which a CRPF constable (Jeet Singh) was seen complying that their (CRPF) condition is very much alike to the BSF’s.

These videos went viral and the television news channel went berserk with dozens of panelists debating, yelling at each other, that too for hours. Now what worried Tej Bahadur Yadav in the video is turning into a reality.

While talking to ANI, Sharmila Yadav, wife of Tej Bahadur Yadav made shocking allegations that her husband has been put under arrest and his VRS (Voluntary Retirement Scheme) is now cancelled. She also alleged the BSF officials for threatening and mentally torturing the Tej Bahadur Yadav.

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When asked on what ground she’s making such huge allegations, she told ANI that Tej Bahadur Yadav managed to call from some other number and informed her about his whereabouts.

When BSF was contacted regarding this issue, they denied the allegations about Tej Bahadur’s arrest. However, they clarified that the inquiry committee has found him guilty and recommended disciplinary actions against him, which is yet to be approved.

The BSF also stated that Yadav’s voluntary retirement had been cancelled pending “COI [Court of Inquiry] and finalization of its recommendations”.

– prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram. Twitter @PhulRetard