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Siachen panel on the job
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 13
As Indian and Pakistan Foreign Secretaries meet this week for the next round of talks to work out a framework for the demilitarisation of Siachen, a two-member committee comprising senior bureaucrats is going about its task to identify posts and areas in the Siachen which can be vacated.
Sources revealed that the committee, set up about two months ago, was headed by Joint Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs Sunil Lal. The other member was a Joint Secretary from the Ministry of Defence.
The sources said the committee was expected to forward its report to the PMO in December.
Pak not to scale down Wagah ritual
Islamabad, November 13
Notwithstanding the peace overtures, Pakistan has said it would not stop or scale down the "aggressive" ritual by its border guards to mark the flag-lowering ceremony at the Wagah border everyday. Jawans of the Pakistan Rangers will keep their traditional style of the drill at the Wagah border crossing even though India has decided to tone down the aggressive posturing on its side.