India installs laser walls along Pakistan border
India says it has installed laser walls along its heavily militarized border with Pakistan to “keep a vigil against terrorism.”
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has set up eight laser walls along the border and there are plans to activate four more walls over the next few days, India Press Trust reported.
According to the PTI report, around 45 laser walls will be installed in Punjab state after experimenting with barbed wire, surveillance cameras and even cowbells and camels.
The laser walls are set up to “plug the porous riverine and treacherous terrain and keep an effective vigil against intruders and terrorists” in Punjab state, said the report.
It said the walls, set up over rivers and hills, will set off an alarm and alert the BSF if someone attempts to cross the border.
One of the world’s most dangerous nuclear flashpoints, the India-Pakistan border is also among the most militarized.
The measure is taken to secure the border following an attack on India’s Pathankot airbase back in January, which resulted in the death of at least seven Indian troops.
New Delhi blamed Pakistan for the attack, saying that militants could not have carried out the attack on the heavily-guarded area without Islamabad’s support.
The attack led to the postponement of the peace talks planned between the nuclear-armed rivals in January.
Both India and Pakistan have deployed more than half of the forces of their 1,600,000-strong army on their common border.
In 2014, India and Pakistan exchanged artillery and sniper fire for months, leading to dozens of casualties on both sides.
Since their independence from Britain in 1947, India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir, the Himalayan region that both claim.
India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents fighting for Kashmir’s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan, a charge Islamabad denies.
More than 68,000 people have been killed in the violence, which began in 1989.