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After the partition of India, “Eastern Frontier Rifles” was re-grouped and renamed as the “East Pakistan Rifles” in 1947. It was the primary border protection force of the then East Pakistan. A number of Metropolitan Armed Police of Calcutta and some 1,000 ex-soldiers of West Pakistan merged into this force. Officers from the army were transferred to command and reorganise EPR. In 1958, it was also assigned the anti-smuggling duties on top of its primary role as the border guards. In 1965 India Pakistan war this force fought valiantly and successfully in a number of skirmishes in Lathitila, Dohogram, Laksmipur, Assalong and Boroibari. Major Tufail Mohammad was awarded the highest military award of Pakistan, ‘Nishan-e-Haider’, for his action in the Laksmipur Operation.

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