India protest over defence structures on Pak-side of border

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Attari/Wagah, Dec 12 (UNI) India has conveyed its deep concern over the construction of defence structures in close proximity of the International border by Pakistan.

The issue was raised at the quarterly meeting of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers held at the joint check post here today.

However, despite the objection over the structures by India, the meeting was held in a cordial atmopshere with both sides resolving '' to put in their best efforts to maintain peace and tranquility on the 553-km long border in Punjab sector.

The two sides resolved to build mutual trust and understanding in order to dispassionately analyse different cross border problems and evolve workable solutions for ensuring peace and tranquality, BSF DIG G S Virk who led the Indian delegation later said at a media briefing.

Both sides took stock of the prevailing situation on the border and deliberated upon various issues, Mr Virk said.

Discussions were also held on the issue of illegal border crossings and both sides agreed to exercise control by initiating positive steps. The BSF and Rangers assured to extend full cooperation and facilitate for sorting out various issues at the field commanders level amicably and promptly so that the civil population on both sides of the border feels safe and secure, he added.

Focus was also brought on the need of curbing illegal trafficking of narcotics to India.

Besides, Mr Virk, the Indian delegation comprised DIG Mohammed Aquil and the field commanders of the BSF and officials of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). The Pakistan side was led by Brig M Qaiser Khan Tareen, Deputy Director General of the Rangers in the Pakistan Punjab sector.

UNI

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