WORKING BOUNDARY, LAMBARYAL – As the political leaderships of India and Pakistan is taking unprecedented steps to strengthen relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours, it appears that “all is not well” on the security front, thanks to Indian BSF for launching propaganda campaign by discovering the so-called underground tunnel.
After reports in Indian media, Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) carried out a comprehensive search in the entire locality for at least six consecutive days. “We could not find any tunnel on our side. It is totally baseless. Even if it exists (as per Indian claim), then possibly it had been dug on their side and they should look into their own affairs rather than blaming the neighbours,” a top officer in the Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) told reporters during a special briefing on Tuesday.
When repeatedly asked why Indians have launched the tunnel propaganda, he replied, “simply to defame Pakistan in India and internationally as well.”
Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) took a team of Lahore-based journalists to the border site on Tuesday, where the newsmen were given an opportunity to move freely to unearth the truth. During the day-long visit to the border site and interaction with the local residents, the Indian BSF claim regarding 400-meter long underground tunnel proved totally baseless, concocted and fabricated.
“Nobody can breach or attempt to sneak into India since the BSF has full control of the state-of-the-art border fencing”, he said, adding, “We don’t have fences on the border though we also have an excellent mechanism in place,” Lt Col Shahid Jamal told reports at the border post.
Another senior officer, who preferred his identity not to be revealed, said that the Indian propaganda move virtually saddened and disappointed the Pakistan Rangers Punjab. Pakistan Rangers personnel also informed that the Indian BSF has been deliberately resorting to unprovoked fire with heavy weapons at Shakargarh and Pasrur working boundary for the last three days.
According to Indians, the tunnel had been dug between two sides along working boundary on India’s Chillayari border post and Pakistan’s Lambaryral post in Narowal district. “We are spending sleepless nights as cross-border firing by BSF has become a routine matter. I was cooking food when a mortar shell hit our house,” Bashiran Bibi, a injured woman said.
“A couple of weeks ago, the BSF men shot and killed my buffalo. It was worth Rs 90,000 and my only asset,” Abdul Ghani, a villager told reporters with sobbing eyes.