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Rajesh Ahuja, New Delhi: Union home minister Rajnath Singh will meet with heads of four border states –
Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Punjab – on Friday and Saturday to discuss sealing of the India-Pakistan border in light of the increased militant activity.
Singh will meet with chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Vijay Rupani of Gujarat, Vasundhara Raje of Rajasthan and deputy CM of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal in Jaisalmer, aside from the state home ministers, to deliberate on ways to completely seal the border.
Army posts along the Line of Control, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, have been witnessing increased militant activity, with multiple infiltration bids being made in the past weeks. Last month, the most significant incursion was the attack on an army post in Uri that killed 19 soldiers. On Thursday, jawans at a Rashtriya Rifles camp in Handwara foiled a similar attack, killing three militants in the encounter. The Indian army even announced having carried out surgical strikes on militant launchpads across the LoC to curb the offensive.The meeting is expected to bring synergy among the state police forces and the Border Security Force, which guards the border, to bolster India’s defence, a home ministry official said. Issues concerning the states are also expected to be discussed during the two-day meet.
Of the 3,323 km border India shares with Pakistan, 508 km is in Gujarat, 1037 km in Rajasthan, 553 km in Punjab and Jammu-Kashmir has 1225 km. But only 2289.66km of it is properly demarcated as the international border (IB) and is under operational control of the home ministry. The rest of the dividing line is in Jammu and Kashmir, a de-facto border called the Line of Control (LoC), which is guarded under the operational control of defence ministry.Of