Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a two-day visit in Rajasthan, has said the government has decided to completely seal the India-Pakistan border by the end of 2018.
The Home Minister announced the decision in the wake of heightened tension between the India and Pakistan, following the Uri attack and recent surgical strikes carried out by Indian security forces across the Line-of-Control (LoC).
The meeting was attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister 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.
Addressing reporters after he chaired a review meeting at the BSF`s sector headquarters in Jaisalmer, Rajnath Singh said: “The Home Ministry has decided to completely seal India-Pak border by December 2018 and this will be monitored.”
The Home Minister further stressed that the government will also start a new concept called the Border Security Grid for which inputs will be taken from all the states bordering Pakistan.
Singh also slammed the politics over the Indian Army’s surgical strikes. “The nation’s security will never be compromised. Tension between India and Pakistan has increased, so we should be united and believe in our Army,” he said.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday had hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of “hiding behind the blood of soldiers” and said that he was politically exploiting their sacrifices. He made the remark as he concludes his month-long ‘Kisan Yatra’.
“Jinhone Hindustan ke liye surgical strike kiye hain, unke khoon ke peeche aap chhupe hain. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho. Yeh bilkul galat hai (You are hiding behind the blood of soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and those who carried out the surgical strikes for India. You are exploiting their sacrifices, which is wrong},” Rahul had said.