NEW DELHI: India has decided to construct a new border fence along its porous land border with Pakistan to improve its security and keep the country safe after a spate of terrorist attacks, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday.
In a meeting with Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday, Parrikal said that India was ready to construct an all-weather border fence as soon as the government has finalised its plans.
Pakistan has also decided to build a new fence along the entire 5,000-km (3,000 mile) land border that has witnessed sporadic attacks, including suicide bombings.
“The security situation in India is very complicated, and there are various factors that are contributing to the escalation in the situation.
We are taking measures to improve the security situation along the border.
Our measures include building new fencing along the land border.
We will also provide security for our citizens,” Parrikh said, referring to India’s long-standing policy of building fences along the frontier to help with security.
Pakistan on Friday announced the construction of a new five-kilometre fence along a stretch of the 5,200-km-long Indo-Pakistan border, including two new checkpoints.
The fence, which will be built by the end of 2017, will have a total height of 4.5km (2.9 miles), covering about 15,000 hectares (49,000 acres), the Foreign Office said in a statement.
It is the third border wall built by India along the porous border.
In 2014, India constructed a barrier along the 4,600-km stretch of border, which was to last four years.
The last such border wall was built in 2014 along the 12,400-km Indo-China border.
The two new border gates will be constructed along the disputed boundary with China, which has disputed ownership of the territory.
India claims most of the Kashmir valley, which is also known as Jammu and Kashmir.