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BSF for refencing of border stretch in Kashmir

Faisul Yaseen

Nov 29, 2006:

Indian paramilitary forces in Indian administered Kashmir have sent a proposal for re-fencing of a 38-km stretch of the 186-km long international border between India and Pakistan to New Delhi.

Inspector General of Police of the Border Security Force(BSF), S C Vaid said today that when the fencing of the international border between India and Pakistan was initially done, certain stretches were fenced kilometres ahead of the actual boundary.

"When work on border fencing was done, there was no ceasefire. As a result for avoiding tension between the two countries, the fencing was raised quite ahead," he told newspersons at the BSF headquarters at Paloura in Jammu today.

A 186-km stretch of land separates Indian administrated Kashmir from Pakistan with an international border, while the region is separated from Pakistan administrated Kashmir with a ceasefire-line.KashmirNewz.com

Islamabad had announced a unilateral ceasefire with New Delhi on the ceasefire line and the international border three years back on November 23 when the then Pakistan Prime Minster Zafarullah Khan Jamali had offered an unconditional truce. New Delhi had responded well and the ceasefire agreement came into being from November 26, 2003.content taken from KashmirNewz.com

Since then the hostilities between the two countries, at least on the border and the ceasefire line, have declined considerably and the border residents and those living closer to the ceasefire line heaved a sigh of relief.

However, New Delhi, which constantly accuses Islamabad of abetting insurgency in the region and infiltrating foreign mercenaries into Indian administrated Kashmir from Pakistan administrated Kashmir and Pakistan had taken up fencing the border and ceasefire line before the ceasefire.

"As conditions on the border were hostile those days, fencing was not done at the exact location at some places. Now that there is a ceasefire we have forwarded a proposal to New Delhi for its approval," Vaid said.

Vaid said that out of 186-km long international border with Pakistan, fencing had been completed upto 184.8-km and the remaining 1.2 km would be completed by year-end.


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