May 2001 News

BSF to go ahead with border fencing in J&K despite Pak threat

21 May 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: Pakistan made an abortive attempt to disrupt the barbed-wire fencing on the Indo-Pak border in the Samba sector of Jammu on Saturday night but the BSF on Monday asserted that the fencing work would continue. Pakistani rangers blew up 40 iron pillars used for the fence being constructed about 500 yards away from the International Border (IB), sources said. BSF Director General Gurbachan Jagat asserted in Delhi on Monday that "these things won"t deter us." Terming it as a 'small incident", he said Pakistan has been doing such things earlier also. "We will continue with the fencing work," he told reporters after flagging off a BSF mountaineering expedition. He said Pakistan had earlier resorted to firing in the Poonch sector to disrupt the fencing work. Pakistan had also threatened to disrupt the fencing work, claiming the fence could not be constructed there as it was only a "working border". But the Indian Government had countered it saying it would proceed with the fencing of the 200 km stretch of International Border from Jammu to Kathua despite the threats as it was essential to prevent infiltration and smuggling. The fencing work, previously entrusted to Central Public Works Department (CPWD), had to be taken up the BSF because of the Pakistani threats.


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