“Our Sector Commander (of BSF) has tried 16 times from July 16 this year till date to talk (for flag meeting) to counterpart on Pakistan side, but they never responded. So what can you expect,” Inspector General of BSF Jammu frontier, Rakesh Sharma told reporters.

Blaming Pakistan for ceasefire violations, he said “Generally you see internal turmoil in Pakistan. They want to divert the attention of general public towards border from their internal turmoil and that is why they have raised the level of ceasefire violation.”

“We have never refused any flag meetings. If Pakistan comes for a flag meeting we will certainly attend it. But as far as our stand is concerned, we have requested them in the past. They have not responded,” he said.

“To share with you, as per the decision taken in the DG level talks, it was decided that as and when there is tension on the border, both the sector-level commanders from Indian and Pakistan sides will speak on hot line and resolve the issue,” the IG said.

“We are concerned about it. Peace must prevail along the border. But Pakistan is not doing any efforts to bring peace. It is all upto Pakistan to defuse the situation,” he added.

He said, “In all the case of violations, protest notes have been lodged. Response is always a denial mode. They always deny their involvement in the firing. We always provide them proof also and sometimes they do not even respond.”

“The ammunition found are made in Pakistan ordinance factory, its marking is proof of it. It is their mortar shells,” he said.

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