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Indo-Pak border talks: Mobile, email contact new CBMs

India's BSF soldier patrols near fenced border with Pakistan in Suchetgarh

India and Pakistan today decided to resolve sensitive issues like ceasefire violations and infiltration along the border by quickly getting in touch with each other over email and mobile, besides agreeing on some new CBMs during their bilateral DG-level talks here.

Both sides maintained that the dialogue, which started yesterday, was held in a very cordial and smooth manner and all the issues concerning the two countries along the Indo-Pak border were taken up and addressed.

The Pak Rangers and BSF decided to new Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) by having regular exchange of sporting and cultural troupes.

“The two sides today concluded their DG-level talks, which were extended by a day, and resolved that ensuring peace and tranquility on the Indo-Pak border is the utmost aim of both the countries. Some new modes of modern communication and CBMs have been finalised by the Rangers and BSF and they will be jointly endorsed by the chiefs tomorrow,” a top government source said.

Sources in the Pakistan government also spoke about the initiation of these measures as they said the meeting was held in a “cordial and congenial atmosphere”.

They said the two sides agreed to stop ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) “through enhanced communication via multiple modes at all possible levels”.

Pakistan said that it does not support any illegal border crossing as a matter of policy and despite this, both the sides agreed to work out some “additional methods to further strengthen border control”.

Sources on the Indian side said both the forces, up to the level of Directors General, will exchange their mobile numbers, email ids and fax numbers for quick and swift communication to resolve a situation depending on a case-to-case basis.

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