Border With Pakistan To Be Sealed By 2018: Rajnath Singh Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (C), Punjab state chief minister Parkash Singh Badal (2R) and Border Security Force (BSF) Director General DK Pathak (L) (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

While briefing the press after chairing a security review meeting in Jaisalmer, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government has decided to seal the entire stretch of 3,323-km-long Indo-Pak border by December 2018.

He also added that the development of the procedure will be done in a planned way. This verdict comes in the wake of rising India-Pakistan tension after the Uri attacks and the consequential surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control.

As part of a two-day visit to Rajasthan, Singh headed a security review meeting in Jaisalmer with home ministers, home secretaries, Border Security Force officials and deputy generals of police of four states whose boundaries touch Pakistan. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju was also present at the meeting.

Extolling the armed forces, Singh also said that a Border Security Grid will be formed, wherein recommendations will be sought from all stakeholders in the border areas. He said that in the security review meeting, suggestions were sought from the chief ministers, home secretaries, and Director General Police of the four border states.

The home minister decided to avoid commenting on issues apart from the procedures of the meeting. He refused to comment on the rising demands of providing proof of army surgical strike carried out in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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For the period of this two-day visit, Singh will also chair a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Of the 3,323-km-long Indo-Pak border, 1,225 km falls in Jammu and Kashmir (including Line of Control), 553 km in Punjab, 1,037 km in Rajasthan and 508 km in Gujarat. Singh is set to hold a meeting with BSF officials in Barmer on 8 October.

With inputs from IANS

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