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Evaluating Nepal’s new foreign policy

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To practically implement the new foreign policy, it is important to integrate it with core national interests and priorities.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently drafted Nepal’s new foreign policy. The document seems to be prepared in haste with little or no consultations with political parties and foreign policy experts, demonstrating the ownership crisis. The document fails to bring out the road map of Nepal’s foreign policy.

Foreign policy is the face of every country, also called an extension of domestic politics. So, interaction with political parties and related experts while drafting the policy becomes important. Foreign policy should be the voice of every party of the nation. Yes, there will be different agendas and goals of different political parties. But there should be some common goals or targets in important matters like national security and foreign policy.

All major parties have international affairs departments. Government could have interacted with them.

Nepal Communist Party (NCP) government made another big mistake. It has its own International Department but the same party government didn’t discuss any issues related to foreign policy within the party. Nor did it include the voices of the experts.

The government has been trying to bring out a new foreign policy for two years. They, thus, had a good deal of time for discussing foreign policy at the Federal Parliament. The International Relation Committee (IRC) of the House of Representatives is one of the best bodies to consult with. The IRC’s job is to show a healthy pathway to the government, especially to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It would have been better if the government had discussed the policy in the IRC, as it has representatives from all major parties in the parliament. It did not, which is why IRC members are not happy with the government’s approach to bringing out the document without consulting them.

The new foreign policy document is voluminous but it lacks SWOT analysis, and elaborated strategies on addressing, among others, economic diplomacy, labor diplomacy, climate change and soft power. The document is vague in its objective and thus it makes the challenges specified in the last chapter of the policy document appear irrelevant. Similarly, the policy broadly talks about Nepal’s engagement with its neighbors, major powers, and its commitment towards multilateral organizations—such as the UN, SAARC, and others. But it does not spell out a candid policy framework.

While discussing track-two diplomacy that is included in the policy document experts showed ambiguity and skepticism for their alignment with party interest. They raised questions on why the government would prefer track-two diplomacy to existing formal channels. How could this protect the national interest of Nepal? Experts are of the view that the document should have included integrated national security issues.

Right after the government came out with the document, the questions were raised about the need to amend it before implementing it. It is not good when we have to amend the foreign policy now and again. In foreign policy, we should visualize the plans of other countries and their activities. This needs a wide range of discussion among all related stakeholders. The government needs to consider this aspect before implementing the policy.

Despite several shortcomings, many believe that the effort of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in bringing out the Foreign Policy Document is a stepping stone in documenting our foreign policy, which in the past did not exist. But to practically implement the policy, it is equally important to integrate it with core national interests and priorities.

That said the initiative to bring out a new foreign policy is a good start. We should learn from our past mistakes and get prepared for a new beginning.  The government, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, should ensure that the policy gains larger ownership from all stakeholders.

Source: https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/evaluating-nepals-new-foreign-policy/

Security of VIPs in Nepal: Need vs. Obsession

One of the important functions of Nepal’s security agencies (viz. Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, and Nepali Army) is also to provide VIP security to selected dignitaries.

Based on the information provided by the National Intelligence Department, different persons are provided with different categories of security.

However, the misuse of security personnel deployed in such security arrangement, by former or current high post holders, has been the management issue since long.

It is not that the Home Ministry does not have directives to regulate such security arrangements, but still one can find multiple instances where people having no security threats are also provided with VIP security.

Another important issue is the excess number of security personnel deployed for this purpose. Therefore, the Home Ministry must make a close assessment of whether the security of VIPs in Nepal is based on the Need or Obsession?

Such a statement by the country’s executive head is a serious security issue. Now, it is up to the security agencies of Nepal to figure out and analyze the actual risk based on minute assessment and take necessary actions, if need.

Regarding this, not long ago the Home Ministry has directed Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force to return their personnel deputed to the residences of some of the VIPs on duties other than security because most of the personnel sent were found to have been exploited in other works. But, still much remains to be done.

At present, among others, former and current dignitaries including head of state, prime ministers, home and other ministers, justices, chief commissioners, secretaries, and even lawmakers have been using personal security officers (PSOs).

Just the three VVIPS (the president, vice-president, and prime minister) of Nepal have 675 security personnel safeguarding them, which as per close estimates costs easily over 18 million per month.

Coming back to our original issue, many other dignitaries in Nepal are also found to have always been surrounded by a huge security presence, just like they are in a serious security threat as was during the era of armed insurgency in Nepal.

For the prime minister alone around 315 security personnel are deployed in high-security vehicles, offices, and residences, and around 90 security personnel are deployed in the ‘Z Plus’ system with state-of-the-art weapons.

Despite such security arrangements, prime minister K. P. Sharma Oli has recently confessed fear of life-threatening physical assault on him.

Such a statement by the country’s executive head is a serious security issue. Now, it is up to the security agencies of Nepal to figure out and analyze the actual risk based on minute assessment and take necessary actions, if need.

But the question that arises here is whether such a threat to the PM should be disclosed in the public circle?

Security officials and experts say the remarks are politically motivated and it even objectionable in terms of minimal governance responsibilities and duties. If not, why did the Prime Minister make such a statement at this time?

This is a wrong message flowed from the PM himself. Only when a leader loses credibility and popularity, he/she does so!

There is always some level of threat to VVIPs and VIPs. That is not a new topic. But to tell the people that I am in danger and any time there could be an attack on me implies that not only him but no one is safe in the country.

The person who is responsible for keeping the country free from internal and external security threats is feeling insecure, then the question automatically raises is how others can feel safe. Despite all the high-level security, it is a shame to say that he has a security threat.

Who is the ‘threat’ to the Prime Minister? No one I can assume. Indeed, I am surprised by such a statement by the PM. In retrospect, it is a political statement made out of being frightened by the opposition to his move within the party.

In the lack of close assessment deployment of personnel for securities of VIPs, providing them multilayer security umbrellas is becoming a show-culture for the most, if not all.

It seems that he is trying to get the support of the general public and activists through emotional means amidst this political uproar.

Coming back to our original issue, many other dignitaries in Nepal are also found to have always been surrounded by a huge security presence, just like they are in a serious security threat as was during the era of armed insurgency in Nepal.

Today level of risk to these dignitaries is average. Therefore, it is a total loss of tax payer’s money to provide such a costly and heavy security presence for a large number of current and former government officials, politicians, and other senior persons.

Nevertheless, whenever the threat is confirmed, a committee lead by the Home Ministry could decide which category of security is to be given to these VIPs at any time.

In the lack of close assessment deployment of personnel for securities of VIPs, providing them multilayer security umbrellas is becoming a show-culture for the most, if not all.

Therefore, to make the deployment arrangement based on the need rather than an obsession, the Home Minister needs to amend the existing directives and scientifically deploy security personnel for the VIPs in days to come.

(Mr. Joshi is the Chairperson of Nepal Centre for Security Governance (NCSG), a Kathmandu-based think-tank)

Source: https://english.khabarhub.com/2021/05/167597/

Nepal’s constitutional crisis and mounting security challenges

Nepal’s prime minister K P Sharma Oli has had abruptly dissolved the House of Representatives on December 21st setting the stage for fresh elections in May 2021.

The President has approved the dissolution without any dismay, a clear reflection of the President and the prime minister in cahoots.

Such an act by the president to praise the prime minister, without seeking wider political consultation, is unbecoming of the high office.

There is no doubt that the prime minister has the intent to create an atmosphere for confrontation as we observe the growing political fraction within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) similar to horse-trading, is shameful.

While the majority of constitutional and legal experts see this dissolving of the House as unconstitutional and undemocratic, there is no less in mass supporting the move.

Nepal’s 2015 charter does not give the prime minister the prerogative to dissolve the parliament without exhausting alternatives.

Maintaining the law and order is the prime responsibility of the Nepal police. If somehow, the situation goes beyond their control then only Armed Police Force (APF) should be mobilized.

Nevertheless, the prime minister claims that he has the absolute right for what he has done upholding implied powers, but in truth, his action is against the expressed powers stated in the Constitution of Nepal, 2015.

It is like the bad carpenter calling for tools to blame. However, now the situation is so complicated that only the functioning and judgment of the Supreme Court and the Election Commission can determine Nepal’s political landscape.

From the security lenses, starting the day the House of Representatives is dissolved to the Elections Days (if happen) the cost to be incurred for the deployment of the security forces will be a huge financial burden for the country, especially at the time when country’s economy is devasted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recent surge in indecency reflected in the blame game and hate speech from political leaders on opposite sides are to be blamed for rising internal security challenges in the country.

We are observing thousands of opponents in the streets to oppose the move by the prime minister. On the other hand, Biplav-led outfit is using the Maoist-era playbook to sow chaos given the plot created by the political mess.

I am afraid that if somehow a person gets killed in a confrontation, the situation will go beyond anyone’s control. Therefore, there is a need for the Nepal Police, which is the first responder for any mishaps, made professionally sound.

This is a very problematic situation. Therefore, the time has come for the security forces to be given professional run.

Despite their regular duties Nepal police personnel are also overloaded handling different security challenges caused by COVID-19 and lockdown, but the current political tensions have added further (unnecessary) responsibilities on their shoulders.

The condition is so frustrating for many, not only because they are less equipped and incentivized, but also because they face a dilemma on how far they can use force in handling the situation, as fractions are depending within the ruling party.

Maintaining the law and order is the prime responsibility of the Nepal police. If somehow, the situation goes beyond their control then only Armed Police Force (APF) should be mobilized.

But, in practice, both Nepal Police and APF are found mobilized simultaneously which is unprofessional. Also, Nepal Police and APF are not found cooperating but rather competing.

This is troublesome and should be corrected as early as possible by the heads of these security institutions. On the other side, both of these security forces are being managed and mobilized by the Chief District Officers (CDOs) who are untrained and lack any proper knowledge on the deployment of security organs.

This also should be corrected, sooner the better. In fact, at present, there seems lack of any clear provision or framework for the deployment of security forces.

It will be in everyone’s benefit to building consensus even among differences, and a big obligation lies within the prime minister and the President to protect people’s political rights as well as safeguard the essence of the constitution.

This is a very problematic situation. Therefore, the time has come for the security forces to be given professional run.

Nepal, at present, is in a very fragile stage which could encounter several challenges, if not checked on time. I am amazed to see why people are in a state of silence and indifferent to such a political crisis at present.

The prime minister can’t take the executive power as the superpower bestowed on him. This is unconstitutional, irresponsible, and illogical.

We as a nation can’t opt for a damaging step, the situation of confrontation is in no one’s good. We couldn’t afford to repeat the painful past being reflected by our elected leaders time and again.

Moreover, an intraparty dispute should not make the whole country hostage of indecision creating an atmosphere of confrontation.

In Conclusion: As only the judiciary stands between the road to authoritarianism and democracy. It is up to the Supreme Court to establish the good precedence by assuming a counter-majoritarian role to safeguard the constitution and clearly illustrate a way forward.

I also believe that there are not many options left for the judiciary other than to make a rightful judgment to establish the check and balance to overturn the unconstitutional exercise of the executive.

It will be in everyone’s benefit to building consensus even among differences, and a big obligation lies within the prime minister and the President to protect people’s political rights as well as safeguard the essence of the constitution.

(Joshi is the Chairperson of Nepal Centre for Security Governance (NCSG), Kathmandu Based Think Tank)

Source: Khabarhub.com

Shailesh Thapa Chhetri is new Nepal Police Chief

KATHMANDU: Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Shailesh Thapa Chhetri has been appointed 28th Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Nepal Police.

A meeting of Council of Ministers on Tuesday promoted Chhetri to the post. Chhetri will hold the post until May 2, 2022.

Current IGP Thakur Gyawali is retiring on Wednesday after completing his 30-year tenure in the police department.

AIGP duos Shailesh Thapa Chhetri and Hari Pal were in the race for the most valuable feather in the force.

Chhetri has been looking after the Human Resource and Administration Department of Nepal Police. He has successfully taken command of the most challenging areas as Jhapa and Kaski districts.

He has also accomplished the challenging tasks in the Metropolitan Police Office, Ranipokhara and the spokesperson of the police. Chhetri had joined as a police inspector on Basaikh 19, 2049 B.S.

Challenges for new IGP

The main challenge waiting for the new IGP is the COVID-19 induced crisis management.

“With wide-spreading coronavirus transmission, the main challenge for the new leadership is to mobilize the entire team for prevention and control of the pandemic without letting any member succumb to it,” Former AIGP Nava Raj Dhakal said to Khabarhub.

Former AIG Dhakal thinks crime control another tough nut for the newly feathered head of the police.

“Shrinking of economic activities due to COIVD-19 may make room for financial crimes,” Dhakal revealed another challenge, “controlling the criminal activities induced by starvation and scarcity.”

The frustration caused by coronavirus crisis and lockdown may take the form of protests in the streets. In such a condition, the police should use the force but should ensure that no damage is made to both sides.

“Besides COVID-19 induced crisis, the management of the internal discipline in the police force, the chain of command, the frustration, etc. seek the attention of the leadership,” Dhakal said.

Former DIG Hemanta Malla thinks that the main challenge for the new leadership is to spare the declining name and fame of the force.

“Be it the Nirmala rape and murder scam or the gold trafficking scam or even the weaknesses noticed in the career planning inside the police force,” Former DIG Malla said to Khabarhub, “the main challenge for the new IGP is to safeguard the glory of the organization.”

According to Malla, the dissatisfaction is at the rise in the organization.

“The political interference has resulted in the decline of the glory of organization, so the leadership should ensure that more than the political sycophancy, abiding by the chain of command is important. Together with it if the faith of the civilian is restored, the leadership proves to be successful,” Malla concluded.

Source: https://english.khabarhub.com/2020/07/110455

Dialogue and discussion series “Covid-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Coordination in Security Sector”

Nepal Centre for Security Governance (NCSG) convened an expert round-table in Kathmandu to discuss the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic in the security sector and ways to address them, especially important at this situation encountering sharp spike in coronavirus cases.

The roundtable was a part of NCSG’s National Working Group meeting featured active participation of distinguished individuals representing the country’s security sector including Nepali Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force.

Similarly, policymakers, human rights advocates, and research scholars were also part of the meeting.

Not to mention, preventive guidelines issued by the Government were fully respected during the meeting.

While some countries of Asia are now starting to see confirmed cases and deaths fall, others are still seeing figures rise, particularly in South Asian countries like India, Pakistan and Nepal.

The situation is getting troublesome in Nepal in recent days with spikes in cases despite government’s lockdown restrictions put in place for the last three months and more.

This shortfall to contain the transmission in Nepal can be largely tagged to the negligence and incompetence displayed by government mechanisms.

To some extent, Nepal’s security sector is also responsible for what is happening, due to challenges seen in coordination and cooperation between different security organs.

Security experts analyzed that deployment of health workers by the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) to control the infection has been struggled.

Before their deployment health professionals are not assessed for their physical readiness and mental wellbeing, which is the reason for their underperformance.

Today, the condition of quarantines across the country is getting more inhuman and turning into potential hotspots for diseases as more and more people are kept within limited space with inadequate facilities.

While some are forced to stay in quarantines for over a month, but for those showing no symptoms are let free without needed testing for COVD-19.

The prolonged lockdown and restriction measures are making middle-class exhausted. The security experts fear this condition could result in an upsurge in looting, vandalism and crime – a state of social unrest.

The misconception is cumulating in people against underperformance of the government, most people lack noticeable support from the government despite the crisis they are living through.

There is fear that returnee migrant workers, farmers and youth may jump-start agitation demanding food security and employment, among others.

Many people are losing their trust in government as they feel alienated by the existing mechanism. Security experts foresee that some farmers could resort to opium farming and other quick income sources if no appropriate recovery package is brought for them.

The meeting participants have highlighted the need for all sectors to work in unison to fight against this pandemic.

In the past, government institutions have worked in isolation and neglected the importance of coordination and cooperation which is the must during any crisis.

The security experts are seen in the same boat to conclude that bringing into frontline the Ministry of Defense while shadowing the role of Health Ministry and Home Ministry in handling Coronavirus pandemic was Government’s failure- shows lack of farsightedness.

Other government organs have never been properly deployed during this pandemic while awareness measures from government institutions are still largely lacking.

Tracking peoples’ mobility would have been possible using mobile tracking options, but that is also no explored so far. Not to mention tracing today seems more than difficult given the current sloppiness in action.

The meeting participants have also emphasized on mismanagement seen in the handling of Nepali returnees coming from foreign countries via airplane. Violations of safety protocols in terms of maintaining social distance, baggage handling, testing and coordination between stakeholders are being common.

Security experts claim: Government is trying to market its incapacity and incompetence in handling increasing coronavirus cases as the bargaining chips for fetching more international support.

The meeting participants also expressed their concerns over the threats posed by cybersecurity. They fear that online classes could lead to bullying of children as they remain at homes without much parental guidance.

There is a strident increase in the use of online meeting platforms like Zoom, but no one is concerned about its security dimension.

Nevertheless, the online platform can be used for surveys and information dissemination vital to control the transmission.

The Central government should initiate virtual meetings with local representatives (of municipalities) and command for necessary actions to control the situation at the local level.

The experts have cautioned that rationing may be needed in the distribution of food and non-food supplies in the coming days, given that our resources are limited and the situation is like wartime.

Nepal lacks enough large scale storage/preservation facilities that make the situation even worse. Therefore, the government is ought to focus on developing its logistic system accordingly.

Today, rather than providing grants there is the need for special direct funding in the agriculture and livestock sector to avoid potential food shortage in Nepal.

The investment in agriculture will also promote employment opportunities for youths and recent returnees, experts demanded.

For the sake of national security, the experts have highlighted the need for strengthening civil-military relationship (CMR).

They also stressed the necessity for border security forces claiming that the presence of such forces at our borders fortifies our sovereignty.

If our neighbors are having such forces at the borders why can’t we, they questioned. Such border outposts should be immediately established prioritizing the sensitive locations.

The experts also considered the possibility that large-size transport containers could be used for temporary settlement of security personnel until permanent structures are made.

They stress the need for Nepal moves ahead with the virtue of modern nation-state.

The security experts have uttered their sadness regarding the inaction of regional institutions like SAARC and BIMSTEC despite the growing health and economic crisis that is paralyzing the South Asian countries.

They, therefore, demanded increased coordination, cooperation, and joint actions between countries in all sectors where possible.

The experts also stressed the need that countries at present should focus on fighting with this pandemic rather than at borders.

(Abhaya R. Joshi is Chairperson of Nepal Center for Security Governance (NCSG). The NCSG has been holding dialogue and discussion series on different issues of national priority related to Human Security, Health Security, and Security Sector Governance in Nepal for the last three years. )

Sorce: https://english.khabarhub.com/2020/28/108052/

Prolonged lockdown and restriction measures to contain COVID-19 could push country toward social unrest

KATHMANDU, June 29: Security experts have expressed fears that the prolonged lockdown and restriction measures put in place to contain COVID-19 without any support to ease the life of ordinary people could soon push the country toward a state of social unrest.

The security experts, who served in different capacities with various security agencies, argued that the country could witness a situation where there is a perception among the people that the government was not performing well and that it had failed to provide any tangible support even as they passed through the most difficult period in their lives.  

Addressing a program organized by Nepal Center for Security Governance (NCSG) in the capital, they expressed fear that returnee migrant workers, farmers and youth may start agitation demanding food security and employment if the government failed to act well in advance to help meet those demands.  They further concluded that people are losing their trust in the government as they feel alienated by the existing mechanism. 

In the roundtable discussion program organized to discuss the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to the security sector and the ways to address them, they also noted the possibility of some farmers resorting to opium farming and other quick income sources, if no appropriate recovery package is brought for them.

In addition to the senior officials representing Nepali Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, policy makers, human rights activists and research scholars also participated in the event. They argued that the COVID-19 situation could get further worse as government mechanisms in Nepal have largely displayed negligence and incompetence when it comes to tackling this pandemic.

They concluded that the lack of proper assessment of physical and mental well-being of health professionals before their deployment was the main reason behind their underperformance. They also drew attention of the government to take necessary initiative to improve the condition of quarantine facilities as they are becoming potential hotspots for diseases.Sorce: https://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/news/prolonged-lockdown-and-restriction-measures-to-contain-covid-19-could-push-country-toward-social-unrest/

जनसम्पर्क तथा सूचना निर्देशनालय, जंगी अड्डा, नेपाली सेना ।

पृतनापति समन्वयात्मक बैठक २०७७’ को समापन

१.  मिति २०७७असार 0५ र ऐ.०७ गते जंगी अड्डामा आयोजित दुई दिने पृतनापति समन्वयात्मक बैठक २०७७को आजमिति २०७७ आषाढ ०७ गते प्रधानसेनापतिमहारथी पूर्णचन्द्र थापाले समापन गर्नु भएको छ ।

२.  नियमित रुपमा आयोजना हुने समन्वयात्मक बैठकमा जंगी अड्डास्थित विभिन्न कार्यालय, विभाग, महानिर्देशनालय, निर्देशनालय तथा सबै पृतनाहरुले आ-आफ्नो जिम्मेवारी क्षेत्रको कार्यप्रगति विवरण रसमिक्षाकोभिड-१९ महामारी रोकथाम, प्रतिकार्य र नियन्त्रण कार्यमा नेपाली सेनाले निर्वाह गर्दै गरेको भूमिका, राष्ट्रिय सुरक्षा वातावरणको समिक्षा तथा भविष्यमा आउन सक्ने चुनौती रसुझावलगायत अन्य परिस्थितीजन्य विषयहरु सम्बन्धमाप्रस्तुतिकरणर छलफल भएको    थियो ।

३.  बैठक समापनको अवसरमा प्रधानसेनापति महारथी थापाले निर्देशन दिनु हुँदै नेपालको स्वतन्त्रता, स्वाधीनता, सार्वभौमिकता र भौगोलिक अखण्डतालाई अक्षुण राख्दै आफ्नो संवैधानिक दायित्व निर्वाह गर्न नेपाली सेना सदाझैं प्रतिवद्ध रहेको बताउनु भयो । उहाँले पद्धती र प्रणालीमा आधारित संगठन निर्माणमा सम्पूर्ण सबैले जिम्मेवार, जवाफदेही, पारदर्शी र उत्तरदायी भएर कार्य गर्न निर्देशन दिनु हुँदै व्यक्तिगत स्वार्थ भन्दा माथि उठेर सांगठनिक हित, कल्याण र राष्ट्रिय स्वार्थ प्राप्तिको लागि अविचलित भएर कर्तव्यपथमा लाग्न निर्देशन दिनु भयो । साथै राष्ट्रिय, क्षेत्रिय र अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय सुरक्षा वातावरण र त्यसले राष्ट्रिय सुरक्षाका विविध पक्षहरुमा पार्ने प्रतिकुल प्रभाव र असरहरुको सुक्ष्म अध्ययन विश्लेषण गर्दैविकसित परिस्थिती सम्बन्धमा स्पष्ट अवधारणा, रणनीति र कार्य योजना निर्माण गर्न समेत निर्देशन दिनु भयो । 

४.  बैठकमा पि.एस.ओज. रथीबृन्द, सबै पृतना हे.क्वा.का पृतनापतिहरुलगायत जंगी अड्डाका कार्यालय, विभाग, महानिर्देशनालय र निर्देशनालयका प्रमुख तथा उपत्यका भित्र रहेका बाहिनी अड्डाका बाहिनीपतिहरुको समेत उपस्थिती रहेको थियो । 

५.  यस किसिमको समन्वयात्मक बैठकर सहभागीहरुबाट प्राप्त  महत्त्वपूर्ण राय सुझावहरुले नेपाली सेनाकोआगामी कार्यदिशा तय हुनका साथैनीतितथा योजनानिर्माणमासमेत महत्त्वपूर्ण योगदान पुग्ने विश्वास नेपाली सेनाले लिएकोछ ।

पहिलोपटक नेपाल–चीन सीमाको १ नम्बर पिलरमा सशस्त्रको गस्ती

काठमाडौं । पहिलोपटक सशस्त्र प्रहरीको गस्ती टोली नेपाल–चीन सीमा १ नम्बर पिलर पुगेको छ । 

सीमा सुरक्षामा खटिएको छाङ्रुमा बोर्डर आउट पोस्ट (बीओपी) को २५ जनाको टोली गस्तीका क्रममा पहिलोपटक नेपाल–चीन सीमा १ नम्बर स्तम्भमा पुगेको हो । छाङरुमा स्थापना भएको आउट बोर्डर पोस्ट आसपास मात्रै गस्ती गर्ने गरेको सशस्त्र प्रहरी पहिलोपटक गस्तीका क्रममा १ नम्बर पिलर पुगेको हो ।

यस्तै असार ३ गते सशस्त्र प्रहरी बलका आईजीपी शैलेन्द्र खनाल र प्रधानसेनापति पूर्णचन्द्र थापाले छाङरु भ्रमण गरेका थिए । असार ३ गते सीमा गस्तीमा हिँडेको सशस्त्र प्रहरी निरीक्षक लिलीबहादुर चन्द नेतृत्वको २५ जनाको टोली नेपाल–चीन सीमासम्म पुगेर आइतवार फर्किएको सशस्त्र प्रहरी बल नेपाल नम्बर ५० गुल्म हेडक्वाटर दार्चुलाका डीएसपी डम्बरबहादुर विष्टले जानकारी दिए । “३ असारमा फोर्स मार्चमा गएको टोली नेपाल चीन सीमा क्षेत्रको १ नम्बर पिलर पुगेर फर्किएको छ । छाङ्रुमा बीओपी स्थापना भएपछि पहिलोपटक त्यहा पुगेको हो,” डीएसपी विष्टले भने ।

सशस्त्र प्रहरीले लिपुखोलामा भारतीय पक्षले लगाएको काठेपुलसमेत हटाएको छ । सरकारले कालापानी, लिपुलेक र लिम्पियाधुरासहितको आधिकारिक नक्सा, तथा निशान छाप जारी गरेपछि कालापानी क्षेत्रको सुरक्षा सतर्कता बढाइएको छ । गत वैैशाख ३१ गते व्यास गाउँपालिका १ स्थित छाङ्रुमा सशस्त्र प्रहरीको बोर्डर आउट पोस्ट (बीओपी) स्थापना गरिएको थियो ।

Source: https://baahrakhari.com/news-details/268399/2020-06-22