What Is Harami Nala? A Border Region Between India And Pakistan 

What Is Harami Nala? A Border Region Between India And Pakistan 

The Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Harami Nala in Gujarat on Saturday to take stock of the situation.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, August 12, 2023, 09:18 PM IST
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For months now, the place ‘Harami Nala’ located on the border of Gujarat, India, and Pakistan has been making headlines. Even the Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited the place on Saturday to take stock of the situation in the region bordering Pakistan.

With this, the intriguing channel has raised discussions about its purpose and the potential threats it might pose. Situated at the Rajasthan border, it's a place of strategic importance.

What exactly is Harami Nala?

In simple words, 'Harami Nala' is a 22-kilometre-long tidal channel found in the Kutch region of Gujarat that divides India and Pakistan. A portion of Rajasthan's Barmar district also touches this area. The channel carries water and mud in significant quantities. It's home to prawns and other valuable marine life, although they're protected species. However, due to their worth, illegal fishing activities persist here. The water level and flow change with the weather. The channel covers an area of about twenty to twenty-five kilometers.

Why the name "Harami Nala"?

The story behind the name 'Harami Nala' is quite interesting. The term 'Harami Nala' translates to "rogue or treacherous channel." This name has stuck due to the channel's notorious reputation as a potential entry point for infiltrators from Pakistan into India. Criminals, terrorists, and other unwanted elements have occasionally used this route to sneak into India. There have been instances of Pakistani fishermen being caught in the area. Sometimes, even abandoned boats are found here. While Indian security is strong, the channel still poses a challenge.

Interestingly, it's believed that Ajmal Kasab, one of the terrorists responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, might have entered India through "Harami Nala." It's considered an easy entry point due to its proximity to the coast and Gujarat or Mumbai. However, it's quite rare for anyone to cross into Pakistan through this route from the Indian side.

The name 'Harami Nala' serves as a reminder of the region's complexities and challenges. It's a place where borders, security, and maritime dynamics intersect, leaving an indelible mark on the history and geostrategic landscape of the area.

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