Images of India : Walking the Line of Control…

indian-armyA Border Security Force soldier on night patrol near the fence at the India-Pakistan International Border in Akhnoor sector, about 40 km from Jammu. New Delhi is rolling out a plan to hermetically seal its borders with Pakistan – a dramatic expansion of technology on existing fencing on the 3,323-km land border and 740-km LoC for an integrated system that links drones, sensors, radars and cameras. The goal : Reduce the odds that anyone would have of crossing over to zero. The fence ‘a permanent strategic asset’ after the terrorist attacks in Gurdaspur and Pathankot, followed by Uri, as well as a surge in infiltration in Kashmir – around 150 terrorists this year, up from 100 last year and upwards of 1,500 before the 2003 ceasefire allowed India to start building up its fence at the LoC. Experts, though, are sceptical if India’s wall will work. Nowhere in the world has a wall ended terrorism. Even worse, they often induce false complacency, and suck resources from more important tasks, according to some skeptics. Three-quarters of stretches along the LoC have to be rebuilt after each winter because of avalanches and landslides. Army studies show it takes terrorists about eight minutes to cut a passage through the fence, suggesting determined adversaries can get through far easier than imagined, particularly under covering fire.