‘Pak building defence bunkers on border’
The paramilitary Pakistan Rangers are building "defensive" bunkers along the frontier with India to defend themselves from possible attacks from within their own territory, the chief of Border Security Force (BSF) said on Saturday, reports Aloke Tikku.delhi Updated: Nov 29, 2009 01:23 IST
Pakistani troopers guarding the Indo-Pak border are not only building defensive structures aimed at India but also to counter attacks from its own territory.
Eyebrows were raised in the BSF when reports of construction of four bunkers at the Attari-Wagah border came in.
“We took up the matter with them and were told that the bunkers were aimed at thwarting a possible terrorist attack from within… We believe that since we later found the bunkers open in the opposite direction,” a senior BSF official said.
“In some of the instances the bunkers being constructed are facing their own territory,” BSF Director General Raman Srivastava said on Saturday.
The bunkers, BSF officials said, were indicative of the precarious security situation in Pakistan that has been busy battling the Taliban and homegrown terrorist groups.
But in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said there were reports of a large number of militants waiting at nearly two dozen camps to be launched in India.
The BSF expects the infiltrators to keep trying during the winter too, particularly in areas where the fence comes under snow.
Srivastava also announced that the force was considering deploying women on combat duties. The women told him they wanted to move into active duty, being deployed at the border or in counter-insurgency operations like the one against the naxals.