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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: Amid high tension, a 15-member high-level Pakistani delegation arrived in India for director level (DG) level talks. The DG level talk started on Thursday with Indian Border Security Force (BSF).

The delegation includes officials from Pakistan’s border force,  The Rangers, who are led by Director General Major General Umar Farooq Burki.

The crucial DG level talks, which will continue till September 12, are likely to be focused on cross border ceasefire violations. There have been frequent ceasefire violations from Pakistan side of the border recently. On Wednesday, at least two BSF personnel were wounded in firing near Nowgam sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district also received firing from the Pakistan Army.

This DG level talk carries significant importance after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sought to talk and take measures on the issue of Kashmir. It further affected the National Security Advisor(NSA) level talks which was called off by Pakistan as India rejected their rhetoric of talking to separatists on Kashmir.

Earlier, the delegation arrived in India through Wagah-Attari border and received warm welcome by senior BSF officers. From there a special aircraft took them to Delhi.

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The Indian side for talks include a 23-member team which will be headed by BSF Director General D.K. Pathak. It also includes officials from the home ministry, the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Survey of India.

A BSF official explained, “During the conference, discussions will be held on important issues like cross-border firing, infiltration and smuggling. The talks will also endeavour to focus on positive issues like different levels of communication, more simultaneous coordinated patrolling and other confidence building measures.”

The main motive of the talks would be to reduce the raising tension and improving relations between the two countries.

BSF’s former additional director general P.K. Mishra, however, said Pakistan may try to divert the agenda from the talks, as reports suggest the country may seek international monitoring on the issue of ceasefire violations. Mishra said, “Pakistan may try to divert the agenda of the meeting. They have been making attempts to put the blame of ceasefire violations on India by showing the world the damage on its side.”

With some 100 ceasefire violations along the India-Pakistan border since the Ufa talks, the issue is likely to dominates the agenda from the Indian side. Till June this year, 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, it was 347.

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

As per sources, issues that Pakistan has placed on agenda include the alleged use of objectionable language by troops on the Indian side, and lack of response on simultaneous coordinated patrolling along the border and other crucial issues. Pakistan is also expected to raise the issue of airspace violation by suspected unmanned aerial vehicles.

Pakistan had blamed India of violating its airspace when it shot down a drone in July. India, however, said the drone was not like any of those in the Indian inventory and appeared to be of a Chinese variety available off-the-shelf.

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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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22kg heroin seized in Punjab
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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Mutilation of 2 Indian soldiers by Pakistan: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev calls for ‘100 heads’ for each Indian soldier’s death

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New Delhi, May 4, 2017: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday said India should “not shy away from beheading 100, if they cut off the head of even one of our soldiers” – on the killing and mutilation of two Indian soldiers on the Line of Control.

Addressing an annual press conference of his Patanjali brand of consumer goods, Ramdev told the media that India should “follow Israel’s cue and behead 100, if they decapitate even one or two of our soldiers”.

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“I have seen the relatives of those soldiers crying and asking why my child’s body was mutilated,” he said. India has accused the Pakistani army of Monday’s killing and mutilation of two Indian soldiers on the Line of Control.

Continuing in the same vein, he referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said “patriotism is in his blood and he won’t flinch from following his duty”.

On his brand Patanjali, Ramdev said by next year the homegrown label will have a production capacity of Rs 60,000 crore. Presently, he said, it is Rs 30,000 crore.

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He said that Chinese products “must be boycotted”, and cited the boycotting of foreign goods called for by Mahatma Gandhi and Chandrashekhar Azad during British rule.

“Even if one is supposed to shell out a few paise more for ‘swadeshi’ products, he must do so. We require a general will power for the boycotting of Chinese goods.. Foreign companies have always looted India,” Ramdev said, and gave the example of the East India Company run by the British during the colonial period as one of ‘plunderers’.

He also accused multinational brands like Colgate, Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, of “hoarding capital worth over Rs 50 lakh crore in India”. (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