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SOURCE: AFI

A worrying trend has emerged along the India-Pakistan border, where smugglers are exploiting Pakistani SIM cards to evade detection and coordinate illegal activities within Indian territory. These cards, easily flung across the border and retrieved later, allow smugglers to communicate freely without fear of interception by Indian authorities.

Unlike drones, which face detection and interception efforts, these tiny SIM cards slip through the cracks. Coupled with strategically placed Pakistani towers near the border, smugglers gain a crucial communication advantage. “Pakistani signals sometimes reach two kilometers inside India,” reveals a BSF source, highlighting the vast area vulnerable to exploitation.

This communication edge translates into smoother smuggling operations. Drones carrying heroin, explosives, and weapons complete more airdrops than BSF and state police can manage to intercept. Smugglers, aware of the potential risks, meticulously plan for losses, ensuring their overall operations remain profitable.

This situation presents a complex challenge for India’s border security forces. Addressing it requires:

  • Enhanced Surveillance: Deploying advanced technology to detect and track suspicious activity, including drone movements and communication signals.
  • Improved Coordination: Streamlining communication and collaboration between BSF, state police, and intelligence agencies for quicker response and joint operations.
  • Diplomatic Pressure: Engaging with Pakistan to address the misuse of cellular networks for illegal activities across the border.