Pak objects to floodlighting work along Indo-Pak border

Pakistan Rangers have raised questions over the floodlighting work along the Indo-Pak border in J&K and have been told by Indian authorities that the project aimed at checking infiltration of militants would continue.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 13:08 PM IST

Jammu: Pakistan Rangers have raised questions over the floodlighting work along the Indo-Pak
border in Jammu and Kashmir and have been told by Indian authorities that the project aimed at checking infiltration of militants would continue.

"They (Pak Rangers) raised a query (over floodlight work). They questioned the project. We clarified to them that work is being done for under-ground cabling for installation of flood lights", a senior BSF officer said today.

Maintaining that the work has not been stopped, he
said, "It is going on. It was never stopped. Nothing has
happened today. The issue is closed".

Giving further details, the officer said, "We are
carrying out border floodlighting along the International
Border (IB) in Jammu frontier area.

"It is part of the Border management Programme which
is all along the IB. Where ever the fencing is there
floodlighting has to be carried out", he said.
BSF was carrying out digging work for laying
under-ground cables along IB in Abdullian Border Outpost (BOP)
belt of R S pura sub-sector of Jammu in order to stop
cross-border infiltration and to maintain a round-the-clock
vigil of the borderline with Pakistan last evening when
Pakistani Rangers raised queries about it.

Pakistan does not recognises nearly 200 kms long
Indo-Pak border under the operational command of BSF from
Molu covering Jammu, Samba and Kathua sectors.
The officer said, "It is minor issue. This is a
localised issue" adding, "There was casual meeting held at
local level and the matter was sorted out".

A BSF spokesman said that Pakistani Rangers have in
the past raised objections with regard to the borders since
1947.

PTI