India To Seal Borders With Neighbours

India, a victim of terrorism, plans to seal international borders with neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh in order to stop infiltration.
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh recently made an announcement in this regard, saying that several border areas of the South Asian country have become a hotbed of infiltration, smuggling and human trafficking. The minister expressed serious concern over the deteriorating political and security situation in the region and said that Islamist terrorists started arriving in India via Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Speaking at an event at the Border Security Force (BSF) Academy in central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh, Singh stressed that Bangladesh recently warned India of increased terrorist infiltration through eastern border provinces. The Sheikh Hasina government in Dhaka sent a report to New Delhi, highlighting a recent surge in infiltration of terrorists into India. According to the report, infiltration by Harkat-ul-Jihadi al-Islami (HUJI) and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) extremists into the Indian border provinces of West Bengal, Assam and Tripura witnessed a three-fold increase in 2016 compared to 2015.
The minister admitted that the report prompted the Narendra Modi administration to make the decision. Meanwhile, he thanked the BSF for (already) sealing a part of the India-Bangladesh border. As far as the India-Pakistan border is concerned, Singh said sealing the border with Pakistan would be a major step against terrorism and the problem of refugees. He told the audience that Pakistan, unlike Bangladesh, allows Islamist terrorists to use its soil against India. So, the government had to chalk a new roadmap to strengthen national security, added the minister.
Singh further revealed that government asked the home secretary to monitor the project periodically, as India would have to apply different technological solutions for sealing the Indo-Pak border in difficult terrains.
Although both Pakistan and Bangladesh are Muslim-majority nations, India maintains cordial ties with Bangladesh, its eastern neighbour. That is why New Delhi has taken different stands on sharing water resources with its neighbours. While India is not ready to make any changes in Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan, it is pushing for Teesta River deal with Bangladesh. The Modi administration wants Islamabad to live with the fact that India will continue utilising its water allocation under the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). So, it refused to change of design of the Miyar Dam in Jammu and Kashmir as proposed by Islamabad.
On the other hand, the Indian government is eager to conclude the Teesta River water sharing agreement with the Sheikh Hasina government in Dhaka. India and Bangladesh may sign the treaty on May 25, following Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s April 7-10 visit to New Delhi.


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