Pakistan Rangers, Indian BSF hold flag meeting along international border

Pakistan Rangers, Indian BSF hold flag meeting along international border

JAMMU: A flag meeting between Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers was held on Thursday. The Sector-Commander level flag meeting was along the International Border in Suchetgarh area.

During the meeting, both Pakistan and India objected to cross fire at LoC and also about the unprovoked firing and shelling from each side.

Thirteen people, including seven civilians and six jawans, have been killed on Indian side while almost same number of civilians and soldiers have been martyred on Pakistan side along the LoC and International Border in Jammu region last week.

Several people living in border areas on both sides have also moved out due to fear of shelling. Security forces had to warn border dwellers not to touch live shells that have landed in border hamlets and agricultural land in Jammu, Samba and Kathua along the International Border (IB) and twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch along the Line of Control (LoC).

As per the police, many live shells have been found in villages and farm lands. Police have sought Army's help to set up a bomb disposal squad and detect and defuse bomb shells.

As per reports, Pakistan has fired 3000-4000 mortar shells targeting Indian side in which 12 people, including seven civilians and five security jawans have been killed and over 65 people injured in Samba, Jammu, Kathua district along the IB and of Rajouri and Poonch along LoC.

While Indian side has admitted firing over 9000 mortar shells across LoC inside Pakistan.

Educational institutes have been closed since the firing began along the IB and the LoC in Jammu region.

Over 36,000 border dwellers have migrated from their homes and thousands are camped in boarding and lodging places set up by the government in schools and panchayat houses.

In Samba and Ramgarh sectors of Samba district, over 5000 people have migrated besides over 3000 from Hiranagar sector of Kathua district, Indian media has reported.

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