Taliban threat: BSF increase vigil at border with Pak

Days after a faction of the Taliban in Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Taliban, claimed that its fighters would soon strike in Amritsar to avenge the death of 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab within a month, the Border Security Force (BSF) has increased vigil on Punjab's border with Pakistan.

"The BSF is on alert in order to prevent any possible infiltration by terrorist elements to India. Terror activities in Pakistan is increasing but BSF is quite alert. There is no need to panic, as the force is fully prepared to safeguard the borders," BSF (Punjab Frontier) IG Aditya Mishra told mediapersons in Jalandhar on the eve of the 48th Raising Day of the force.

"The Tehreek-e-Taliban is a terrorist outfit under the control of Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, and is constantly trying to destabilise peace in India," Mishra said, adding that the BSF director general has recently visited Iraq to look into surveillance equipment, including those with radar-based technology, which are likely to be adopted by next year.

"The BSF is committed to deploy advanced surveillance equipment on the 553-km Punjab border with Pakistan... The project was under consideration, as radar-based technology will be of a great help. The possibility of Taliban militants attacking the integrated check post and joint check post at Bagha border also cannot be ruled out," said Mishra.

Asked about the heroin smuggled from Pakistan being seized at the Punjab borders, he said: "The BSF is planning to terminate the passenger and goods trains running between both the countries at the Attari integrated check post for clearance." Out of the 700 kg of drugs, especially heroin, seized in the country this year, 500 kg was seized in Punjab only, he added.

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