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India lodges strong protest with Pakistan over drone activities

Jammu and Kashmir policemen stand beside an alleged Pakistan drone on display after it was recovered near the line of control in Akhnoor sector, in Jammu, India, Friday, July 23, 2021.   | Photo Credit: AP

India on Saturday lodged a strong protest over drone activities by Pakistan authorities in Jammu areas, during a sector commander-level meeting between the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers, officials said.

The meeting was held at the request of Pakistan Rangers on the International Border (IB) in the Suchetgarh area and it was decided to re-energise instant communication between field commanders, whenever required, to resolve the operational matters, a BSF spokesperson said.

Commanders of both the border guarding forces discussed various issues with the main emphasis by the BSF delegation on Pakistani drone activities, terrorist activities and digging of tunnels from across the border and other issues related to border management, he said.

A very strong protest was lodged by BSF delegates regarding drone activities by Pakistan authorities in the Jammu area, the officials said.

At the same time, both sides expressed their commitment to maintaining peace and harmony on the IB, they said.

“It was the first sector commander-level meeting between two border guarding forces after the declaration of ceasefire agreement by DGMOs (in February),” the spokesperson said.

“The meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both sides agreed on an expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier DG-level talks and committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony on the IB,” he said.


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