India mulls Israel-type fencing along Pakistan border

Published: January 25, 2016
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India has close defence ties with Israel, which reportedly showed its willingness to the Indian home minister to share the high-tech equipment for border protection. PHOTO: AFP

India has close defence ties with Israel, which reportedly showed its willingness to the Indian home minister to share the high-tech equipment for border protection. PHOTO: AFP

In a bid to check the alleged cross-border infiltration into its territory, the Indian government is considering to employ an Israel-type highly secured fencing across the border with Pakistan at the Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab sectors.

The issue of zero infiltration along the border was discussed in several meetings attended by the top [Indian] government functionaries, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

“In one of these meetings, they discussed if India could adopt an Israel-type border guarding mechanism along the western frontier,” the newspaper quoted an Indian home ministry official as saying.

India plans laser walls along border with Pakistan

India has close defence ties with Israel, which reportedly showed its willingness to share the high-tech equipment for border protection.

Israel is hailed to have the best border protection system in the world, and depends more on technology than humans to protect its border.

Singh is said to have greatly impressed by the highly sophisticated Israeli border security system during his 2014 visit to the border outposts in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had reportedly conveyed willingness to share with India its technology for border protection.

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The technology includes high-quality long-range day cameras along with night observation systems employing third generation thermal imagers long-range detection radars, electronic touch and motion sensors on the fence as well as underground sensors to detect any tunnelling attempts.

The Israeli border fencing along West Bank, Gaza and Egypt also consists of latticed steel, topped and edged with razor wire, extending at least two metres below ground and in some sections reaching seven metres above the ground.

Ditches and observation posts with cameras and antennae line the route while an electronic pulse runs through the fence, setting off an alarm on contact that allows security guards to locate the exact spot of attempted infiltration.

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A sandy tracking path shows the footprints of infiltrators and a military patrol road gives unhindered access to army units.

Following the inspection of the border security equipment, the Indian home minister was also given a detailed briefing by the Israeli Army about the border-guarding mechanism put in place.

He was told that in certain “dark areas” where fencing was not possible Israel had used small unmanned armed vehicles (UAVs) for security coverage.

Last week, Indian media claimed the government was planning to cover the Indo-Pak border in Punjab with laser walls to prevent the cross-border infiltration.

This article originally appeared on The Times of India.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Point
    Jan 25, 2016 - 6:16PM

    Please do it and once done I hope the dumbness of indian media will stop if anything happens there in india.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jan 25, 2016 - 7:22PM

    India should have built that fencing 1400 years ago and along the sindh/Iran/Afghan border to the west.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jan 25, 2016 - 7:58PM

    Israel has the technology to stop the barbarians at the gate and India too is facing the same problem.Recommend

  • Abid
    Jan 25, 2016 - 8:02PM

    Israels border security works because it has Arabs as neighbours….had there been us….it would been a weekend trip to Tel Aviv every given Sunday. Recommend

  • Jan Leva
    Jan 25, 2016 - 9:05PM

    @Point: Well said !! They have already adopted a lot of Israeli defense things, they can go for it. @Babloo: As India has problems with everyone, they should build it on borders along China, Bangladesh, Nepal and yeah, fence all around assam too.
    On the other hand, Pakistan should immediately adopt this fence at Afghanistan border and stop all the indian-funded terrorists coming from there. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jan 25, 2016 - 9:17PM

    Well we have close ties with China who would most certainly help us erect a 2000 mile Great Wall to keep the Dravidian Hordes out !Recommend

  • GKA
    Jan 25, 2016 - 9:24PM

    @Abid: Weekend trip by your state actors or non state actors ?Recommend

  • somoene
    Jan 25, 2016 - 10:24PM

    @Abid:
    LOL. At least Arabs are fighting, Had been you guys, you would have surrendered long back. Recommend

  • bangash
    Jan 25, 2016 - 10:39PM

    please do it ……so that when something else occurs you wont be able to cry about it and blame it on us without any proof….Recommend

  • Azi
    Jan 25, 2016 - 11:05PM

    Arabs are one race that have been given every resource in the world yet not able to utilize it to achieve anything. And its the fault of their leadership not theirs, I honestly feel bad for them.

    As far as fence goes, please do so we can stop hearing daily accusations.Recommend

  • abdali
    Jan 26, 2016 - 12:18AM

    Pathankot is just the start of party….Arey Abhi to party Shurru hogi Bacchu……Recommend

  • Mazo
    Jan 26, 2016 - 12:39AM

    @Azi:
    For it to be an “Accusation” , there has to be a level of uncertainty or doubt behind the statements made by India but there is no uncertainty in the identity of the people who attacked Pathankot or the people who attacked Mumbai or the hundreds of other futile acts of cowardice that India has to face routinely because your military doesn’t have the stones to come directly .

    When you stop sending terrorists – you will stop hearing “accusations” . Recommend

  • Kabir
    Jan 26, 2016 - 3:57AM

    This can’t be done. First of all, the “border” between Pakistan and Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is NOT an international border. It is a Working Boundary. Jammu and Kashmir is in DISPUTE. India can make all the borders they want in territory that belongs to them. Kashmir is NOT an “integral part” of India and India cannot unilaterally change the status quo.

    Second of all, taking the example of Israel, a country that is in blatant violation of international law and in Occupation of Arab territory (the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem) is not a good idea. India and Israel only like each other because both regimes hate Muslims. Recommend

  • PkMAP
    Jan 26, 2016 - 6:38AM

    Fencing border shows the failure of both countries. Make it a soft border and business activities can help in reducing the tension and build up the trust. Both states must abandon the use of non-state. We need to learn from the European experience. Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 26, 2016 - 7:03AM

    @ajeet…..typical Indian mentality, show some decency !!!

    Palestinians are not barbarians, they are fighting for their land and freedom same like Kashmirsin Indian held Kashmir !!!! Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Jan 26, 2016 - 7:24AM

    stopping the misadventures of pak strategic assets means peace of mind.For that take any method or country’s help.Recommend

  • John B
    Jan 26, 2016 - 7:34AM

    Fence is not about technology ; it is all about what does the fence signify. The US border is more porous than indo -PAK border and fence did not stop skirmishes for the Israel either.

    If pak can take of the problem at her end, the border for administrative purposes will work well.

    Cross border smuggling and terrorism is a fact of life for all countries in today’s world and more cooperation is the answer, not the fence. Recommend

  • An Indian
    Jan 26, 2016 - 8:46AM

    @Rollin & Trollin: “Well we have close ties with China who would most certainly help us erect a 2000 mile Great Wall to keep the Dravidian Hordes out !”

    Yes, all Indians/Dravidians are dying to get into Pakistan to avail the vast economic opportunities! Recommend

  • someone
    Jan 26, 2016 - 8:52AM

    @abdali:
    Well you may start the party but then it would end with a bang and you won’t be seen there after.
    .Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jan 26, 2016 - 9:06AM

    It means Israeli soldiers, technicians, Intelligence agents right on Pakistan Border. This conflict is going to widen. Indian Ministers have recently visited Israel and made deal. Israeli are considered expert in collecting intelligence from out of Muslim. Recommend

  • SLDUA
    Jan 26, 2016 - 1:03PM

    @Point: Then, their helplessness to do any harm to others would create an unbearable turmoil within the brain structure of people engaged in terrorism that their minds would burst.Recommend

  • Shaukat ali
    Apr 28, 2016 - 8:00PM

    @ajeet
    Which barbarians are you talking about? The ones whose children are slaughtered, women are raped, houses grazed, farmland is seized. Oh wait it was the Hindus doing that in kashmir! No wonder Israel and India think alike. Live it up while you can.Recommend

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