ISLAMABAD Pakistan on Sunday lodged protest with India over violation of ceasefire agreement by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the working boundary Saturday night.
Military sources informed TheNation on Sunday that Pakistan had also rejected Indian allegation that an attempt was made to cross the working boundary.
According to the ISPR, a flag meeting between border security force (BSF) of India and Pakistan Rangers was held early Sunday at Sialkot working boundary.
It said that Pakistan had demanded the meeting to protest against violation of cease-fire agreement by the Indian Border Security Force along the working boundary on mid night of Saturday and Sunday.
Sources said that Pakistani side rejected the BSF allegation that some individual was attempting to cross working boundary from Pakistan Saturday night.
Officials from the Indian Border Security Force were told that firing sounds were heard inside India close to working boundary, where as there was no movement from Pakistan inside.
It may be mentioned that Indian troops have been indulging in such indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on working boundary in the past as well.
Agencies add - Pakistan Army and Rangers have strongly protested with India over unprovoked firing and the violation of ceasefire by India.
According to spokesperson of Pakistan Army, the flag meeting was held between Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers at Sialkot Working Boundary.
Pakistan protested over unprovoked firing by Indian Army in Pakistani areas in the night between Saturday and Sunday.
The Pakistani security forces rejected BSF allegation that some individual was attempting to cross over working boundaries from Pakistan side, last night.
The BSF were told that firing sounds were heard inside India close to working boundary, whereas there was no movement from Pakistani side.
It may be mentioned here that Indian troops have been indulging in such indiscriminate and unprovoked firing incidents on working boundary in the past as well.
It may also be recalled that in a meeting held between Chenab Rangers and Indian Border Security Force officials on March 10, the Indian side had assured Pakistani officials not to repeat firing incidents in future.
Meanwhile, the three-day biannual meeting between the Pakistan Rangers and the Border Security Force (BSF) of India began in the Indian Punjab city of Amritsar on Sunday.
The 15-member Pakistani delegation comprising officials from the Pak Rangers Punjab and Sindh, Survey of Pakistan and Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) is headed by DG Pak Rangers Punjab.
The meeting would discuss various issues including apprehension and killing of innocent inadvertent border crossers by BSF.
Illegal defence constructions, violation of Pakistan air space by Indian helicopters and RPVs, illegal border crossings and smuggling in connivance with BSF would also be discussed in the meeting.
The release and repatriation of Pakistani prisoners from the Indian jails is also part of the agenda of the biannual meeting.
The ANF officials will discuss measures to check and control smuggling and sharing of intelligence between the two countries to curb the menace of drugs smuggling on Indo-Pak border.
On reaching Amritsar, DG Pak Rangers Major Gen Muhammad Yaqub Khan told reporters that there were no attempts to sneak into India from Pakistani side of the border.
Our borders are effectively protected and well guarded.
Even the barbed fencing on Indian side is there which makes infiltration difficult.
In such circumstances one can imagine how anyone can enter Indian territory from Pakistan side, Major Gen Yaqub said.
He said both the forces (of Pakistan an India) are well disciplined and carry out the meetings in congenial atmosphere to discuss sensitive issues like illegal border crossing, infiltration acts including smuggling on both sides, firing instances that occurred recently at various places on border besides construction on international border.
Major Gen Yaqub hoped that during the meeting they would be able to find suitable solutions of each others problems being faced on the International Border.
The Pakistani delegation will leave for home on March 31.
It is also scheduled to visit New Delhi, Ajmer and Agra.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 29-Mar-2010 here.