India will seal border by 2018

Indian Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said country will completely seal the border with Pakistan by end of next year.

The decision was taken at a security review meeting chaired by Interior Minister Rajnath Singh in northwestern Jaisalmer city.

Addressing a press conference after the meet, Singh said the plan is part of an extensive effort to monitor the country’s security at the frontiers.

“We have set a target of sealing the Indo-Pak border completely by December 2018. And to achieve this aim we have prepared an action plan which is time-bound,” he said.

Chiefs of four states bordering Pakistan – Rajasthan, IOK Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Gujarat – were present along with officials of paramilitary Border Security Force.

Singh said a new concept called Border Security Grid will also be implemented with the suggestions of all stakeholders.

“This is a new concept. In this meeting, chief ministers, interior ministers and deputy chief ministers gave their suggestions and on that basis we will give final shape to border security grid. Afterwards the federal government will give guidelines to states,” he said.

Pakistan and Indian share a 3,323-kilometre (2,065 mile)-long border, sections of which are unfenced.

The latest round of tension between New Delhi and Islamabad began after URI attack in which 19 Indian soldiers killed, the deadliest toll in nearly two decades.

India said the attackers had come from Pakistan but Islamabad demanded credible proof.

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