India to seal border with Pakistan by 2018, claims Rajnath Singh
JAISALMER: India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh claimed on Friday that the Modi government has planned to seal Pak-India border by the end of 2018 in December.
Rajnath Singh, according to Indian media reports, said that for sealing the borders a time-bound action plan would be prepared.
“The action plan will be frequently monitored at multiple levels to ensure we do not miss the deadline. It would be monitored not only by the security agencies but also the chief secretaries of the four states. A monitory framework would be prepared for the monthly, quarterly and annual review of the implementation of the action plan,” Singh as per Indian media.
Tensions between Pakistan and India spiked since New Delhi claimed last week it had launched “surgical strikes” on militant posts across the disputed border that divides the Kashmir region between the two countries.
Islamabad denied the strikes, saying two of its soldiers were killed in the cross-border firing.
Relations have been strained since gunmen raided an Indian army base in held Kashmir on September 18, killing 19 soldiers, the worst such attack in over a decade.
New Delhi blamed the attack on Pakistan saying militants from its soil attacked the base. However, Pakistan has denied the allegations.
Despite severe ceasefire violation by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC), communication channels including the hotline between the two militaries were open, said
Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said that despite severe ceasefire violation by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC), communication channels including the hotline between the two militaries were open.