In the aftermath of Thursday’s terror strike at Pulwama in the Kashmir Valley, the Border Security Force (BSF) has stepped up security at the joint check post (JCP) and the integrated check post (ICP) on the border with Pakistan.”We have always been alert at the JCP and the ICP and all along the border with Pakistan, but after the terrorist attack in Kashmir we have further increased vigil so as to check infiltration and activities of undesireable elements,” a BSF spokesperson said here on Sunday.
Giving details, the spokesperson said that as a precautionary measure the security at the JCP has been increased primarily for those who flock the border post for the evening Retreat Ceremony. Additional armed BSF personnel have been posted in the zone where the retreat parade is conducted in the evening for the safety of viewers as a precautionary measure, he said without elaborating on the additional manpower deployed for the purpose.
The spokesperson said that the manpower at the ICP had also been increased since Thursday and each truck coming from the Pakistan side is being checked thoroughly by the BSF before entering the ICP to off-load imports from Pakistan. Customs officials also confirmed that they are scanning each and every truck from the other side of the border for any ‘undesireable object’ that may be hidden in the vehicle.”We have also increased the manpower in the vicinity of the JCP and the ICP which primarily handle Indo-Pakistan trade and human traffic,” Customs officials added.
Meanwhile, the officials sad that it was too early to comment on the volume of Indo-Pak trade through the ICP. It will only be known next week as the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status has now been taken off from Pakistan, thereby leading to an increase in customs duty by almost 200 per cent. The trade as of now is normal but will surely fall (imports) next week, Customs officials added.The BSF, on the other hand, maintained that the retreat parade was going on ‘normally’ and with the same aggressive postures by the BSF and their counterpart, the Pakistan Rangers.
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