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Must prepare for rise in hostile activities from Pak: BSF chief

delhi Updated: May 22, 2012 22:04 IST

Pakistan's recalcitrance to rein in militant and terrorist outfits on its soil is enough "straw in the wind" for Indian security establishment to prepare for rise in "hostile activities" on the border, BSF chief UK Bansal said on Tuesday.

"The recalcitrance of the Pakistan establishment to rein in Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders such as Mullah Omar and Hafiz Saeed should be read as straw in the wind in checking the nature of activity which we anticipate on the borders. The BSF is cognisant of these future challenges and is preparing itself in terms of doctrine, infrastructure, weaponry and training," he said at an event in New Delhi.

The BSF Director General (DG) said that as smuggling of fake Indian currency notes, drugs and weapons continues from across the Indo-Pakistan border, "the next few years seem to have the potential of upgradation of these hostile activities particularly in the context of the phased disengagement of US and Nato forces from Afghanistan."

The Border Security Force (BSF) not only guards the Indo-Pakistan border, it is also entrusted with the security of the land and riverine frontiers with Bangladesh.

Bansal, during the investiture ceremony of the force here, also said that his about two-lakh strong paramilitary force should be relentlessly vigilant along the Bangladesh border considering the developments in that country.

BSF DG Bansal said the situation on the eastern borders with Bangladesh is known to follow the contours of internal politics in that country.

"While we a have mutually beneficial border management strategy with our counterpart Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), the BSF is absolutely aware of its responsibilities to prevent border smuggling and human trafficking.

"The force has adopted unconventional tactics of border domination in this area. The local working environment on this border and the posture adopted by the counterpart are hostage to the domestic tribulations in that country and calls for relentless vigil," he said.

He said the situation on the Bangla border represents that of a complex "socio-economic relationship."

The DG also said that the challenge for the force in its third domain of service, anti-Naxal operations, remains daunting as ever.

The BSF has deployed about ten battalions (10,000 personnel) for anti-Maoist offensives in Odisha and Chhattisgarh.