Tribune Information Service
Amritsar, January 26
As India celebrated its 72nd Republic Day, the flag-hoisting, ceremonial drill and Beating Retreat was held on the joint verify put up at Attari.
BSF Director Common Rakesh Asthana graced the event which was by the way his maiden go to to Punjab after assuming the cost.
The event was celebrated in a low-key affair on account of Covid-19 restrictions.
The standard patriotic spirit of the event was a miss as a result of absence of basic spectators. Solely the BSF troops and shut associates of the defence and relations have been allowed to take a seat within
Asthana additionally addressed the troops.
Maintaining in view the repeated cases of infiltration and smuggling makes an attempt, the BSF is plugging the loopholes on the India-Pakistan border, he mentioned.
“BSF is the primary line of defence dedicated to defending the nation. We’re within the strategy of upgrading each side of the operations of the BSF and our know-how, together with the anti-drone know-how,” mentioned Asthana.
Concerning the motion being taken, post-detection of a tunnel close to the fence in Jammu’s Pansar space, Asthana anticipated that extra such tunnels may very well be there to push skilled armed militants and different forbidden materials into India.
“The tunnel was a truth. We’re continuously within the strategy of detecting extra tunnels that are getting used for not solely pushing the contraband but in addition infiltration to India from the opposite facet,” he mentioned.
A cross-border tunnel — round 150-metre-long and 30-foot-deep — was unearthed by the Border Safety Power alongside the Worldwide Border in Jammu on January 23, the fourth such tunnel discovered up to now six months.
Nonetheless, the BSF and Pakistan Rangers carried out the joint coordination parade because the custom goes however the gallery was devoid of spectators in view of Covid-19 risk.
The cultural programme was carried out, together with the reside band displayed by the BSF. The scholars of historic Khalsa School, Amritsar, carried out bhangra and gidha on the event.
The change of sweets with the Pakistani counterparts too was prevented as a result of pandemic protocol.
The BSF and Pakistan Rangers haven’t been exchanging sweets on particular events on the border since India abrogated Article 370, which granted particular standing to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019.
The troops at Attari-Wagah border had final exchanged sweets on Eid-ul-Fitr and on Republic Day in 2019.
India and Pakistan had suspended the entry of spectators in view of Covid-19. On the Indian facet, solely the flag-lowering ceremony is carried out at sundown.
Since March 7 final 12 months, public was not allowed on the Attari border, although Pakistan has reopened its door for spectators from Wagah. Since then, Pakistan Rangers have been holding their each day army parade and ceremony on the traditional course.