India to seal border with Pakistan by 2018: Rajnath Singh after security review meet

Written by | October 7, 2016 | 0

In the wake of the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan and heightened tension along the border, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the government has decided to seal the entire stretch of 3,323-km-long Indo-Pak border by December 2018.

Briefing the press after chairing a security review meeting in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Rajnath said that the implementation of the government decision to seal the international border will be carried out in a time-bound manner.

The home minister also said that the development of the procedure will be done in a planned way, with a monitoring framework set up to review the the progress, monthly, quarterly, bi-annually and annually.

The decision comes in the wake of rising India-Pakistan tension after the 18 September attack on a military base in Jammu and Kashmir and the later surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control.

On the question of securing the riverine belts, and areas where it is geographically unfeasible to put physical barrier along the border, Rajnath said that the government will look into technological solutions to ensure every inch of our land is guarded. According to The Indian Express, the technical solutions may include deployment of cameras, sensors, radars, lasers, etc.

Rajnath also said that a Border Security Grid will be formed, wherein suggestions will be sought from all stakeholders in the border areas. He said that in the security review meeting, suggestions were sought from the chief ministers, home secretaries, and DGPs of the four border states, based on which the basic framework of the Border security Grid will be prepared.

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