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Drones and Narcoterrorism: India-Pakistan Border Analysis.



  Oct 25, 2023

Drones and Narcoterrorism at the India-Pakistan Border: A Comprehensive Overview.



Introduction:

The nexus between drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, and terrorism has grown more intertwined and complex, particularly at the India-Pakistan border. This has been exacerbated by the use of drones for cross-border delivery of narcotics and arms.

Key Highlights:

1. Arrests and Connections: On October 11, the Punjab Police detained individuals planning targeted killings in the state who had ties to Pakistan-based terrorist organizations.

2. Financial Trail: The Punjab Police discovered the flow of substantial amounts of drug money being sent to smugglers in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

3. Nature of Conflict: The challenges faced include a mix of organized crime, narco-trafficking, and terror activities. Evidence suggests state-backed support for these criminal endeavors.

4. Recent Incidents: In recent times, there have been recoveries of explosives and weapons linked to entities based in Pakistan. These incidents highlight the role of drones in smuggling operations.

5. Drone Sightings: The use of drones for smuggling purposes has seen a significant rise since 2020. The types of drones used are often of Chinese origin, equipped with advanced features.

6. State Sponsorship: The level of sophistication in drone operations suggests backing beyond mere criminal gangs, pointing to state-sponsored activities.

7. Targets and Attacks: Recent attacks on local leaders and establishments in Punjab have been linked to Pakistan-based entities.

8. Countermeasures: To combat the drone and narcotics threats, initiatives like the Drone Emergency Response System (DERS) have been introduced. However, these measures need to be more comprehensive and collaborative.

Conclusion:

The evolving landscape of narcoterrorism in the India-Pakistan border region underscores the need for vigilant and proactive countermeasures.
The blend of organized crime, drug trafficking, and terrorism presents a multifaceted challenge that demands a unified response.

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