Will seal Indo-Pak border by December 2018: Indian interior minister Rajnath Singh
The statement comes as tensions continue to fester between the two South Asian neighbours. Photograph: (Getty)
Amid growing Indo-Pak strain, India's interior minister Rajnath Singh said today that India will completely seal the India-Pakistan border by December 2018.
Singh made the statement after reviewing the security situation with the interior ministers and senior officials of the four bordering states as Indian media continues to report about ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
"We will start a new concept called Border Security Grid, and the inputs from all the border states will be taken," Rajanth was quoted as saying by Indian media.
"This project will be periodically monitored by the home secretary at the central level, Border Security Forces (BSF) from the security forces perspective and chief secretaries at the state level."
The two South Asian neighbours have been at loggerheads with each other over the past few weeks. Ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley, September 18 Uri attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers, and Indian Army's announcement last week that it conducted surgical strikes in Pak-administered Kashmir further fuelled the tension.
Meanwhile, Rajnath said that the technology will be also used under the plan. "Like we have riverine and Sir Creek area in Gujarat (a western Indian state), there we will make maximum use of technology for effective sealing of border."
Indian daily DNA reported that Singh chaired the security meeting attended by the chief minister of western Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje, deputy chief minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal, Gujarat's minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja, and Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary Brij Raj Sharma.
The interior minister also said that the nation's security will never be compromised. "Tension between India and Pakistan has increased; countrymen should trust security forces and stand by them," added.
(WION with inputs from PTI)