Jaisalmer: Rajnath to hold meeting with CMs of 4 border states


With Security forces on a high alert across the country in the wake of surgical strikes by the Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Rajnath singh the Union Home Minister has decided to hold a meeting with the Chief Ministers and Home Ministers of four border states-Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Punjab – on Friday and Saturday to discuss sealing of India-Pakistan border in Jaisalmer.

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The Union home minister will meet the four chief ministers — Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Vijay Rupani of Gujarat, Vasundhara Raje of Rajasthan and debuty CM of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal in Jaisalmer to deliberate on ways to completely seal the Indo-Pak border.

The meeting is being called apparently to bring synergy among the state police forces and the Border Security Force, which guards the border, a home ministry official said. Issues concerning the states are also expected to be discussed during the two-day deliberations.

Out of the 3323 km border with Pakistan, 508 km is in Gujarat, 1037 km in Rajasthan, 553 km in Punjab and Jammu-Kashmir has 1225 km. According to the Home Ministry, of the 2,289.66-km border with Pakistan, 2,034.96 km has been covered by physical barriers, including fencing. The remaining 254.80 km is to be covered by physical and non-physical barriers shortly, officials said.

Since there are stretches along the border where construction of physical barriers is not feasible due to geographic constraints, the government plans to deploy technology solutions, which include deployment of cameras, sensors, radars and lasers.

“The BSF is testing the technologies through pilot projects in Jammu, Punjab and Gujarat regions,” said the statement.

The meeting is scheduled in the Rajasthan city amid repeated infiltration attempts by militants from across the Pakistan. Only on Thursday, security forces gunned down seven militants in Kashmir, of which four were killed in three infiltration bids the army repelled along the line of control.

The remaining three were killed when they tried to storm an army camp in northern Kashmir, the second such strike in the Valley after the September 18 Uri attack.

Pakistan has stepped up the offensive after Indian forces claimed to have conducted successful surgical strikes on seven terror launchpads along the LoC on September 29.

Rajnath Singh had lauded the Indian soldiers for the operation during an event, as he also asked media personnel to “wait and watch ” when asked about the footage of the strikes.

After chairing the meet with the CMs and home minister of the four states in Jaisalmer, Singh will visit Murar Border Outpost (BOP) in the same district and interact with BSF jawans guarding the border, a home ministry statement said. The Union home minister will also visit Munabao BOP in Barmer district the next day for an interaction with the jawans, the statement read.

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