"Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing using small arms in the Pargwal area of the Jammu district," a police officer said.

The officer said three BSF outposts were affected due to the firing."Pakistan firing started at 11:50 pm on Wednesday night for a brief period, but today (Thursday) morning at 4 am, Pakistan Rangers started firing again which continued till 5:55 a.m," the officer said.

The Border Security Force (BSF) troopers gave befitting reply, he added.

Both incidents of ceasefire violations occurred hours after the BSF and Pakistan Rangers held a battalion commander level flag meeting in the same border area to defuse tensions between the two sides.

Flag meet: Pakistan accuses India of ceasefire violation
    
In an apparent case of pot calling kettle black, Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday questioned their border-guarding counterpart BSF as to why they were ‘blatantly firing on Pakistani positions’ defying ceasefire protocol.
    
At a commandant-level flag meeting between BSF and Rangers at Nikowal border outpost along the International Border (IB) in Pargwal sub-sector of Akhnoor in Jammu district, Indian officials were surprised when the opposite side raised the issue, sources said.
    
Pakistan Rangers also sent an officer for the meeting from a sector that is unaffected by the recent ceasefire violations, they said.

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Pakistan violates ceasefire hours after flag meeting
BSF troopers give befitting reply to Pak Rangers
Flag meeting held to defuse tension along borders
Around 95 ceasefire violations reported in the last 45 days
BSF calls it heaviest since 1971
Pakistani envoy to India held talks with separatist leaders in New Delhi
India cancels Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan
External Affairs Secretary Sujatha Singh had to visit Pakistan on August 25
"Our officers were surprised that there were no Ranger officials from the sector opposite RS Pura where the maximum ceasefire violations are taking place. Those who came questioned BSF as to why were they were firing indiscriminately defying ceasefire protocol," a top source here said.
    
According to BSF, firing by Pakistani forces along International Border (IB) in the past 45 days was possibly the ‘heaviest’ since the 1971 war. There have been 95 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control and it has also breached the ceasefire pact 25 times on the International Border in recent months.
    
Rangers demanded a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) level flag meeting to be scheduled in the next few days.
    
"So, in totality, there was no positive movement that could have ended the present situation of ceasefire violations that has emerged from Pakistan's side over the last few days. The meeting achieved no result," the source said.
    
Wednesday's border commanders meeting, held after repeated requests made in this regard by India, was led by Commandant of BSF's 33rd battalion S K Singh and Wing Commander of 19 Desert Rangers Mohammad Waqar.
    
Both sides had three more officers on each side.
    
BSF IG (Jammu sector) RK Sharma told reporters on the ground that the flag meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere and it was decided to continue talks in future.

 

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