BSF and Pak Rangers talks: What to expect

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New Delhi, Sept 9: Amidst escalating tensions, a delegation of the Pakistan Rangers will hold talks with the Border Security Force on Wednesday.

A 16 member delegation from Pakistan will discuss a host of issues which would also include escalating tensions along the border.

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All eyes are on these talks in the backdrop of the NSA level talks being called off recently.

The NSA level talks which were to be held last month was called off after Pakistan insisted that they would hold discussions with the Hurriyat conference, a decision which India opposed.

What is on the agenda?

When the two sides meet today prime on the agenda would be the cease fire violations. There has been unprecedented firing along the border in the past few months.

The two sides will find ways to end tensions along the border, if the talks shape up in the right direction. In addition to this the two sides would also discuss ways of curbing and stopping smuggling along the border.

The talks between the two sides is a much anticipated one in the wake of escalating tensions.

The BSF says that, "the talks will endeavor to focus on positive issues like different levels of communication, more simultaneous coordinated patrolling and other confidence building measures.

India would also raise the issue of infiltrations from Pakistan. They would quote the two attacks at Udhampur and Gurdaspur in which clear cut cases of infiltrations had been reported.

The BSF would raise the issue with Pakistan and try and find ways to curb this problem.

It will not be a slanging match, sources say. The idea is to ensure that pending issues are sorted out and peace returns to the border.

Recently both India and Pakistan had made several statements against each other. After the cancellation of the NSA level talks, both sides have regularly made statements against each other.

The talks today would look to de-escalate tensions.

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