Sino-Indian officials meet in Ladakh
JAMMU, Jan 27: Army and BSF refused to exchange sweets with Pakistan but shared them with China as Pakistan army continued to violate ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Rajouri districts while a Pakistani intruder was injured as security forces foiled infiltration bid in Samba sector.
Official sources said a ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day was conducted yesterday at the Indian Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) huts at Chushul-Moldo and DBO-TWD of Eastern Ladakh between Sino-Indian officials.
The Indian delegation was led by Brig V K Purohit and Col S S Lamba while the Chinese delegation was led by Sr Col Bai Min and Col Song Zhang Li respectively.
The ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting commenced with saluting the respective national flags by the delegation members.
This was followed by the ceremonial address comprising of exchange of greetings, sweets, wishes and a vote of thanks. The address reflected the mutual desires of maintaining and improving relations at the functional level at the borders. Thereafter, a cultural programme showcasing Indian culture and traditions was organized.
Both the delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment. The delegations parted amidst a feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and maintaining peace along the borders.
Both sides also sought to build upon the mutual feeling to maintain peace and tranquility along the borders.
Contrary to this, Indian Army and BSF refused to exchange sweets with Pakistan army and Rangers, both on LoC as well as IB respectively.
Sources said there was no exchange of sweets on the Chakan-Da-Bagh on the LoC in Poonch district and all other cross-LoC points between Army officials of India and Pakistan on the occasion of Republic Day yesterday in view of continued shelling and firing by the Pakistani troops.
“Indian Army refused to share sweets with Pakistani troops due to continued shelling and firing from across the LoC,” sources said, adding similarly, the BSF too didn’t exchange sweets and greetings with the Pakistani Rangers at any place on the International Border including main point of Octroi Post in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura tehsil.
It may be mentioned here that a BSF Assistant Commandant was recently martyred in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district after being hit by sniper shot fired by the Pakistani Rangers.
Meanwhile, the BSF observed suspicious movement on the International Border in Samba
Sector yesterday and challenged the intruder(s). However, they didn’t stop prompting the BSF to opening firing in which one of them was injured.
Injured has been identified as Farooq, 22, son of Showkat, a resident of Bullian De Kothe in Pakistan. He has been admitted in the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu.
Meanwhile, Pakistan army today opened firing and shelling at Kalal in Nowshera sector and Dadal in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district around 1 pm. The Indian troops retaliated effectively at both the places, leading to heavy exchanges.
Yesterday, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire in Mankot sector of Poonch district. Indian Army had responded very strongly.
At all the places, there were no casualties or damages on the Indian side.