India’s borders need much larger investment and attention, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra said today as he batted for “smart border management” for people living along these areas.
Speaking at a conference on ‘Homeland Security, Smart Border Management’ organised by FICCI in New Delhi, he said such management was required for a state like Jammu and Kashmir which faces proxy war and infiltration attempts round the year.
“In the state where I am working, infiltration attempts are made throughout the year.. across the high and snow-clad mountains, across the planes, riverbeds and nallahs,” he said.
Stating that India’s borders needed more attention and investment, Mr Vohra maintained border management was no longer a general problem.
“One needs special forces to tackle highly-trained terrorists,” he said.
He said owing to the nature of threats Jammu and Kashmir has faced in the last three decades particularly infiltration, proxy wars, insurgencies and terrorists supported from across the borders, it was not possible to deal with sectoral violence only through internal and external security.
Vohra said maintenance of public order in the hinterland was an extremely important component of border guarding.
“If you have insurgency, militancy and a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir, or terrorism which can strike at any time from anywhere.. that infringes our border guarding,” he said.
The Governor said since 2012, there have been four fidayeen attacks sponsored by Pakistan against the Army and police at places like Kathua and Sambha in the Valley.
“We have deficiencies along the borders… the nature of communication we have, the nature of facilities, equipment and gadgetries,” he said while drawing references to the suicide attacks at Dina nagar police station and IAF base in Pathankot.
“Therefore, we need to take into account smart border management. It is important to take care of the people living along the borders and behind the borders. Their welfare, needs and problems need to be attended to. A dissatisfied border community does not contribute to the border force or border management,” he said.
Vohra maintained that looking after the people living in forward areas goes a long way.
“Such people provide very strong support to the Army and the border security forces in terms of supplying information, logistical support etc,” he said.
People think that securing borders is the responsibility of the Union government but the responsibility rests with everyone living in the forward areas, the Governor added.
Pak violates ceasefire…
posts with heavy mortars and opened fire with small arms and automatic weapons in the Poonch sector.
“Our troops are responding appropriately and no casualties or damage to our troops was reported till the report last came in. The firing was still going on” the spokesperson added.
The exchange of fire is going intermittently in Shahpur Kandi area along LoC in Poonch, police said.
Today’s ceasefire violation is second in less than a week. On September 2, Pakistan troops violated ceasefire by firing on forward army posts along LoC in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district.
Earlier on August 14, 2016, A 50-year-old woman was injured when the Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire twice and targeted Indian posts on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector in two different areas.
Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan, the officer said.
While 253 incidents of ceasefire violations took place along the International Border (IB), 152 incidents were reported along the LoC, he said.
Around 8,000 people were temporarily affected due to the ceasefire violations and had to be shifted to safer locations.