By Arun K. Mishra, ANIIn recent months, border posts have been raised in the areas where India and Bangladesh have been struggling to maintain their diplomatic ties.
The two countries are the most heavily-indebted and the most populous of the BRICS, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
In March, India raised the border posts to the north and east of their respective capitals, Jammu and Kashmir and Srinagar.
At the same time, India and Pakistan have been negotiating the creation of an interim zone for cross border movement, which would allow Indian and Pakistani troops to move freely between the two countries.
However, the deal has been met with widespread criticism by India and South Asia’s neighbours, who have raised the prospect of the region becoming a zone of chaos.
While both India and China have repeatedly insisted that the border areas are part of their bilateral arrangements, both countries are also facing criticism from the international community.
Pakistan, which has also expressed reservations about the proposed interim zone, has expressed disappointment with India over the talks.
“India has been making a good offer on the border for some time and has made many concessions in return for India’s willingness to accept the idea of a temporary border,” Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haq said on Wednesday.
“If the two parties have not agreed on the boundary issue, the international situation will get worse and Pakistan will be forced to abandon the proposal,” Haq added.
“Pakistan is not only concerned about India’s stance on border issues but also over India’s commitment to the security of the border.”
India and India are currently in the process of revising their border agreement, which covers all areas of the three countries except Kashmir, where both sides have been engaged in a dispute over the status of the disputed region.
India and Pakistan were set to finalise their boundary agreement in March this year, but after a series of meetings, including a meeting held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi, the border issue has again been a contentious issue.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi met with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and agreed to further talks on the matter, but the issue was not discussed at the meeting.
“We have reached a consensus and the talks will be continued in the coming days,” said an Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
India has been engaged for the last seven months in talks on a comprehensive border agreement.
The Indian and Pakistan border in the region has been disputed since 1947, with each side claiming the other’s territory.
Both countries have disputed Kashmir, which lies in the north-eastern part of the country, as well as disputed areas in Ladakh and Ladakh-Jammu in the west, and the Kashmir Valley in the south.