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India not constructing wall along IB: BSF

India's BSF soldier patrols near fenced border with Pakistan in Suchetgarh

India is not constructing a wall along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir as charged by Pakistan, BSF IG Rakesh Sharma said today, dismissing the claims as a baseless “story”.

He said it was not possible to construct a wall along the IB keeping in view the topography of the area where the IB is situated.

“This is a story created by Pakistan. There is no wall being constructed on the IB in Jammu and Kashmir”, Sharma said.

The IG said it was a confusion being created by Pakistani side.

“It is a confusion that is being created by the Pakistani side as there is no such wall being constructed on the IB in Jammu and Kashmir”, Sharma said.

“How can it be constructed and the wall as you know the topographic conditions of the border, it is just not possible to construct a wall”, he said.

Pakistan has last week complained to UN Security Council, alleging that India was building a wall along the International Border in violation of the world body’s resolutions.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi, has in a letter to President of the Security Council, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, alleged that India was planning to construct a 10-meter high and 135-feet wide embankment (wall) along the 197-km Working Boundary between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan.

The planned wall, according to Pakistan, was to convert the IB “into a quasi international border”.

Asked whether a wall would help check cross border infiltration, Sharma said, “No, I really cannot say what would be the solution– whatever measures (to check infiltration) are being required to be taken on ground, we are doing that”.

Asked as to why Pakistan was making up the story of a wall being constructed along IB, Sharma said, “I am also surprised about the wall theory– there is nothing on the ground and it seems to be a story only”.