New Delhi, Oct 09: Amid rising tensions with India along the LAC in Ladakh, China is helping Pakistan install surface-to-air missile near Pakistan Administered Kashmir.
With the dispute on Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China only surging, China has taken its military-to-military cooperation with Pakistan to the next tactical level.
The intelligence report also suggests that China and Pakistan are working towards better integration of their militaries.
New SAM sites in Pakistan Administered Kashmir
Construction is in full swing near Lasadanna Dhok in Pakistan Administered Kashmir for installation of a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.
As per the media reports, around 120-130 Pakistan Army personnel and 25 to 40 civilians are working on the construction sites and control room of this missile system is located in Bagh district. Intel report further suggests that PLA personnel will also be deployed there along with Pakistani officials.
Similar construction had also been reported at Chinari in Jhelum district, and Chakothi in Hattian Bala district of Pakistan Administered Kashmir, as per the intelligence report.
China and Pakistan are working in tandem for better integration of their forces and this year in June, Islamabad posted a senior Army officer at the PLA headquarters in Beijing.
China-Pak working towards better integration of their militaries
Xi Jinping plans to control Pakistan’s politics, economy through CPEC authority and BRI which is why Pakistan Administered Kashmir is important for Beijing. This increasing economic and military cooperation in Pakistan Administered Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan is in China’s best interests as it is central to Chinese expansionism in the region.
On September 3, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat Gen Rawat had said that India is capable of handling two-front threat. Issuing a stern warning to Pakistan, the CDS further said if Islamabad tries to take advantage of any threat developing along India’s northern borders then it would suffer heavy losses.
Speaking at the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) conclave, General Rawat said China and Pakistan have been collaborating militarily, economically and diplomatically.
(Courtesy Times Now)