After Pakistan issues LeT alert, India beefs up security at border posts

Published: May 18, 2012

Indian Punjab Police stand guard outside the newly constructed Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the India-Pakistan Border in Wagah on May 17,2012. PHOTO: AFP

AMRITSAR: India on Thursday beefed up security at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the India-Pakistan border following a threat issued by Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Taliban to blow up the ICP on Pakistan side, the Press Trust of India reported.

Following the threats, the Border Security Force (BSF) on the Indian side of the border has enhanced security around the ICP. BSF IG Aditya Mishra said there was nothing to worry about the situation since the threat call was issued on the Pakistan side to Pakistan officials posted at the ICP and that it has nothing to with the Indian side. Pakistan had conveyed an alarm to the Indians of a possible attack on the ICP.

Mishra said that due to ongoing harvesting season on Indian side, BSF patrolling has been enhanced to prevent infiltration and smuggling of narcotics, arms and fake currency from Pakistani side at night. He explained that Pakistani smugglers may take advantage of fully-grown standing crops in the agriculture field along the border to sneak across.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar (Rural), Prithpal Singh Virk said although reports of threat were to the Pakistan side of ICP, the same on the Indian side couldn’t be ruled out as infiltration could also be expected in such circumstances from Pakistani side.

Earlier this month, Indian intelligence agencies issued a warning that five suspected LeT militants had managed to sneak into Mumbai via the water route. However, they mixed up mugshots for the suspected militants with five traders from Lahore’s busy mobile market, Hafeez Centre.

Reader Comments (15)

  • seeeg
    May 18, 2012 - 1:23AM
  • Imran Con
    May 18, 2012 - 1:52AM

    I don’t doubt they would attack them. But why would they tip people off beforehand? Obviously the right reaction is to prepare for the worst, no matter what other details exist. Then again, I’ve never heard them accused of being smart, either. Dumb kinda goes along with people willing to blow themselves up instead of at least making an attempt at getting out alive.

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  • Cautious
    May 18, 2012 - 5:46AM

    Yet another reminder how Pakistan’s non state actors continue to shape foreign relations.

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  • moonjely sony
    May 18, 2012 - 6:58AM

    good news , when its going t take place? they should attack the Indian side of ICP.after this everything will be normal.

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  • May 18, 2012 - 7:59AM

    Good job, Pakistan. I never thought I’d say this.

    LeT will continue to be a threat until you don’t cut off the head of the snake. There will be repercussions from the Mullahs but in the longer run it is well worth it. Come over to the good side for a change.

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    May 18, 2012 - 8:26AM

    A close look at the pic will tell you how underfed the cops on this side of the border are.

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  • sane voice
    May 18, 2012 - 9:44AM

    c’mon ET look at the title of the story and matter inside……….Its not Pakistan which issued the alert……….its LeT and Taliban who had threatened.

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  • Concerned
    May 18, 2012 - 10:21AM

    The dual game from Pakistan is continues unhindered since on the one hand it has not arrested Hafeez Sayeed for 26/11 but providing him full protection and on the other warning India of LeT mounting attack on the border post. What a hypocrisy of the highest order ?

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  • Hardcore Jatt
    May 18, 2012 - 10:53AM

    East or west india is the best.
    The Indian Army has a strength of 1,129,900 active personnel and 960,000 reserve personnel, making the Indian Army the world’s largest standing volunteer army.
    So don’t be so dare to mess with us otherwise we will annihilate you.

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  • Hardcore Jatt
    May 18, 2012 - 10:57AM

    The Indian Army has a strength of 1,129,900 active personnel and 960,000 reserve personnel, making the Indian Army the world’s largest standing volunteer army.
    So don’t be so dare to mess with us otherwise we will annihilate you.
    East or West India is the best.

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  • Hardcore Jatt
    May 18, 2012 - 11:00AM

    @BruteForce:
    The Indian Army has a strength of 1,129,900 active personnel and 960,000 reserve personnel, making the Indian Army the world’s largest standing volunteer army.
    So don’t be so dare to mess with us otherwise we will annihilate you.
    East or west india is the best.

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  • Davidl
    May 18, 2012 - 11:20AM

    @Concerned

    Get over Mumbai attacks and look around whats happening in Pakistan.You are whining about Mumbai attacks only.Our soil is burning because of these terrorists.. why would we give protection to them? Are you in your senses?

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  • Indian
    May 18, 2012 - 11:46AM

    @Hardcore Jatt:
    And yet unfortunately our ‘strong’ army could not stop 26/11 from happening… Fighting a physical battle against a not so moral enemy is easier than fighting a misled bunch of idiots who sneaked in to defend ‘GOD’ himself..

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  • Prasad Babu
    May 19, 2012 - 2:23AM

    @Davidl,
    Do the words “strategic Depth” mean anything to you? Think Hafeez Saids, Haqqanis, Bin Ladens, Zawahiris, Mulla Omars, Dawood Ibrahim.

    The first step of solving the problem is admitting the problem.

    Sorry we can’t get over Mumbai. The ghosts of Mumbai will continue to haunt you.

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  • maestro
    May 19, 2012 - 3:56PM

    @Prasad Babu:
    Prasad sahb also think Thackeray, Advani, RSS, Shiv Sena, Maoist militant groups among others on your soil not to mention your army colonel who masterminded the Samjhauta express terrorist act burning 60 Pak civilians alive including women and children. We still haven’t gotten over that either. Send us all those culprits (that happened waaaaay before Mumbai), let our Mumbai investigation team which was recently in India, talk to Kasab to get first hand evidence of who did what. Then you can talk to us about Saeed, Ibrahim, etc. My own Indian friends tell me they have seen RSS people running with swords after muslims on the streets of Mumbai – again well before 26-11. And these Indian friends of mine are proper Brahmins and said they were disgusted at that scene. So get the story straight please. A handful of morons does not represent an entire nation – on either side. Cheers.

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