'Laser walls' activated along India, Pakistan border

Published: April 28, 2016
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India has activated a dozen ‘laser walls’ along the border with Pakistan in Punjab to check cross-border infiltration into its territory and plug the porous riverine and treacherous terrain.

Eight infrared laser beam intrusion detection systems were made operational along the many vulnerable and sensitive areas of the international border, a senior official of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) said, according to the Times of India. The official claimed four more devices of the same kind will be set up in the upcoming days.

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The “laser walls” or fence are being monitored by the BSF who took the decision of installing these walls two years ago. The decision to install these walls was reportedly taken as barbed wire fencing was not possible in certain infiltration prone areas.

According to reports, a total of 45 such laser walls will be installed along the international border in Punjab and Indian-held Kashmir.

“The laser walls have started working and their functioning is being monitored. Preliminary results in detecting illegal movements are encouraging,” the official said.

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He further said sensors were being monitored through a satellite-based signal command system and armed with night and fog operability tools.

In September last year, Pakistan complained to the UN Security Council (UNSC) about India’s plans to construct a wall along the Line of Control allegedly to convert it “into a quasi-international border”.

Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi wrote two letters dated September 4 and 9 to the UNSC. In the September 9 letter to UNSC President Vitaly Churkin, Lodhi expressed “deep concern” at the plan by India to construct a 10-metre-high and 135-feet-wide embankment (wall) along the 197km boundary between Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan.

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In the letter, Lodhi said Pakistan “considers the embankment a permanent structure that will bring about a material change in the territory in violation inter alia of Security Council resolution of 1948.

“The state of Jammu & Kashmir is internationally recognised disputed territory with a number of United Nations security council resolutions on the official status of Jammu & Kashmir awaiting implementation,” Lodhi said.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • TiffinBox
    Apr 28, 2016 - 11:41AM

    This will hamper tourism. Bad move. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 28, 2016 - 1:00PM

    Great job, Can Pakistan do the same with its border with Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Apr 28, 2016 - 1:03PM

    India need to make all efforts to protect its boundaries from infiltrates causing trouble in India. Recommend

  • Tp
    Apr 28, 2016 - 1:08PM

    Israel-style wall is the solution.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Apr 28, 2016 - 1:12PM

    @TiffinBox:
    Non state tourismRecommend

  • Paki
    Apr 28, 2016 - 1:51PM

    appreciated. I hope it will stop intrusion from “both” sides.Recommend

  • Anon
    Apr 28, 2016 - 2:25PM

    What about India supported terrorists, who infiltrate from afghan border and create trouble in fata, Karachi and Balochistan….. we also need to seal afghan border Recommend

  • Great Warrior
    Apr 28, 2016 - 3:21PM

    Infiltration must be stopped. Pakistan got 50 years to work on its religious problems and eradicate fundamentalism in its society. Kashmir is long gone case again thanks to Pakistan army and its policies which seems to compete for lowest IQ scores again and again.Recommend

  • somneone_else
    Apr 28, 2016 - 5:25PM

    India should have given contract to China to build a huge wall. This way, Pakistan could not have fired on Chinese engineers and India would have had got a big huge wall at cheap prices without issues.Recommend

  • brar
    Apr 28, 2016 - 6:40PM

    @Anon: Pakistan reserves every right to secure its borders and must install this system on Afghanistan and Iran border but there is a problem i.e. it requires 24 hours power supply and I know you are having long power cuts.Recommend

  • Mr. Obvious
    Apr 28, 2016 - 7:20PM

    @somneone_else:

    India should have given contract to
    China to build a huge wall. This way,
    Pakistan could not have fired on
    Chinese engineers and India would have
    had got a big huge wall at cheap
    prices without issues.

    Chinese would probably demand “no bid” contract, build it at twice the normal cost, and demand a 28 percent return. They could call it the Chinese India Economic Corridor.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Apr 28, 2016 - 10:04PM

    No permanent wall required.With technology any movement can be detected and distinguish between animal and human being.With the latest Indian navigation system,it can narrow down to half a meter square space.Recommend

  • HZR
    Apr 28, 2016 - 10:13PM

    @somneone_else:
    Not a bad idea but the fear is how long will the wall last!Recommend

  • HZR
    Apr 28, 2016 - 10:15PM

    @Mr. Obvious:
    Small amendment it will be from India to China economic corridor meaning the money will flow towards china on this corridor!Recommend

  • zahid
    Apr 29, 2016 - 4:34AM

    who thought up this nonsensical device? It seems to be an extension of the laser intrusion beam used by secure buildings. It works for buildings but outdoors anything can trigger it. How many times are they gonna send a sentry to check out possible intrusions. A large animal will trigger it so will branches from trees. It’ll be a nuisance when kids use papaya branches and wave at it to annoy the suntry basha. What a waste of money. Not everything the west produces is worth buying a lot are scams.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Apr 29, 2016 - 8:45AM

    Thanks to China and Pakistan for making India stronger and a regional power in making.Recommend

  • True blue Indian
    Apr 29, 2016 - 5:07PM

    @zahid:
    Thanks for your concern
    But our defense forces know better to handle it
    They did study about all aspects as u mentioned like Animal or tree branch triggering alarm etc .
    After due thought it’s been implemented
    We will take care of all kinds of animals crossing the line .. You better worry that none from your side triggers it even by mistake. Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Apr 29, 2016 - 7:34PM

    One solution, if they start the wall , blow it up constantly, that will attract the attention of good for nothing UN’s so called security council club. Recommend

  • True blue Indian
    Apr 30, 2016 - 4:43PM

    @Naeem Khan:
    So this is your menatality.

    Here India is doing a good thing.
    It wants to put a strong check on border to avoid intrusions , that leaves little scope for cross border terrorism

    Now you tell me , you do not want it to stop ?
    You feel happy when India rightfuly blames Pakistan for terrorist attacks in India ?

    If these measures are successful , then there will be less such incidents. Less cross border hatred ,and we can live Peacefully.

    Keep your so called solution to yourself.
    You are harming your national image Recommend

  • zeeshan
    Jul 19, 2016 - 10:20AM

    @blue Indian
    That’s the problem . it’s not a border its called LOC and at LOC u cant do any thing which chages status quo. And as its LOC the question of cross border intrusions does not arise as its not a borderRecommend

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