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Kartarpur corridor will not be a challenge, says BSF DG


New Delhi, The proposed opening up of the Kartarpur corridor will not be a challenge for the Border Security Force (BSF) on the western sector despite the spectre of a rising Khalistan, BSF Director General Rajni Kant Mishra said here on Friday. Addressing the annual press conference here, Mr Mishra said the force had a defined role of guarding the border and 'whatever task was assigned to us, we will perform it'. “You all are aware that we are operating at Attari and Wagah borders since long and we are working out what responsibility will be given to us at Kartarpur. It is not such a difficult thing to maintain,” the BSF DG said. Responding to a question on attack by Pakistani Border Action Team on BSF soldiers, he said a committee under Western Command Additional DG was preparing a strategy to prevent such incidents in future. He also said there was shift in smuggling pattern of contraband items on the western border along with Pakistan, specially after reinforcement of strength on Jammu border after Pathankot attack. “We are positioned at the international border and we are capable of handling all issues including drugs, terrorism and trafficking,” the BSF DG said. On the the movement of Rohingya refugees, Mr Mishra said that 'in past one year we have intercepted 54 incoming and 154 outgoing Rohingyas, going back to Bangladesh on the eastern border.'

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