New Delhi, Aug. 16: A biannual meeting of the Border Security Force and the Pakistan Rangers may remain on track despite border tension.
The meeting has been scheduled in Lahore in the last week of September, sources said. The BSF received an invite from Islamabad days before the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Line of Control by Pakistani Special Forces on August 6.
Since then, tensions have been rising because of repeated ceasefire violations along the LoC and border firing along the international border (IB). There have also been intelligence inputs that the Rangers may shoot at floodlights along the border.
After the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, the meetings between the BSF and the Rangers were called off. Meetings were only resumed in 2010. This time around, there are no signals yet of cancellation.
Union home secretary Anil Goswami, who visited border areas in Jammu today, said over phone that he could comment only after returning to New Delhi.
BSF sources said Pakistan has become increasingly active along the IB in Jammu since July.
“We have been informed about a likely plan of Pakistan Rangers to shoot at floodlights on the border fence,” said an intelligence source. Sodium-halogen floodlights help patrolling BSF jawans spot infiltrators.
The home ministry is concerned about sniper firing from the Pakistani side. BSF head constable Ramnivas Meena died six days after being shot on August 5 at the Narayanpur border outpost in Samba. Two other constables were injured in sniper firing by the Pakistan Rangers, sources claimed.
“The first sniper attack of the year came on July 27,” said a source. Such incidents are common in Jammu’s Samba sector where the Rangers are believed to be closely working with Lashkar terrorists ready to infiltrate before winter sets in.