The Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers held a flag meeting along the International Border (IB) on Thursday where the Indian side registered its “strong” protest on the recent spate of unprovoked firing incidents.
The BSF said the sector commander-level meeting took place in Suchetgarh area of the border “on the request” of the Pakistani side.
A similar request by the Indian side was “not responded to” by the Rangers a few days back, an official said.
The meeting was the first between the two sides since “heavy shelling and firing was experienced on the IB last week.” Six civilians have been killed along the border in the past few days.
“During the meeting, the BSF strongly objected to (Pakistan's) dastardly acts of sniping at its two soldiers on January 3 and 17 and further unprovoked firing and shelling targeting a number of Indian villages, innocent civilians and their properties.
The BSF conveyed strong protest and said such provocative acts are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the border guarding force said in a statement.