NEW DELHI, (BM) – Pakistan has moved two divisions of troops along the line of control in occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The Economic Times.
According the newspaper sources, Chinese officials are holding talks with cadres of terrorist outfit Al Badr to incite violence in J&K, as per intelligence inputs, indicating clearer signs of a China-Pak collaboration on the border.
Pakistan has moved almost 20,000 additional soldiers to line of control to match Chinese deployments on the LAC in the east. The level of troops Pakistan has deployed is more than what it did after the Balakot air strikes. Pakistani radars are believed to be fully activated all along the region too.
Sources said there have been a series of meetings between Chinese and Pakistani officials in recent weeks, followed by amassing of troops in Gilgit-Baltistan, the area that adjoins Ladakh on the north.
The buildup comes at a time when thousands of Chinese soldiers have been aggressively deployed along LAC in eastern Ladakh, apart from intrusions at several points that has led to a tense standoff.
According to intelligence reports, Chinese officials have undertaken meetings with cadres of the Al Badr, a Pakistan-based terror group that has a history of wreaking violence in Kashmir. “The assessment is that China may provide support to revive the organisation. This is among the signs we have received that indicate Pakistan and China are collaborating on the ground,” sources said.
Amid tensions in the region, Pakistan has accused India of terrorism
As we reported yesterday [June 30 – ed.] the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan said that the responsibility for organizing the attack on the stock exchange building in Pakistan’s Karachi is to India.
“We have no doubt that this [attack on the stock exchange – ed.] was committed by India,” Khan emphasized. The prime minister also noted that the terrorist attack in 2008 on civilians in Indian Mumbai was carried out with the aim of “sowing uncertainty” among the Pakistani authorities.
The head of government called the deaths of security guards and a police officer during an attack on the stock exchange a “sacrifice” made for the country. The dead “prevented a serious incident that was planned by India”, as the attackers had a large arsenal of ammunition. Perhaps the militants intended to take hostages, Khan explained.
Both sides often violate the ceasefire
It has often happened in recent months that both warring parties violate the ceasefire ceasefire. For example in the beginning of April this year heavy artillery systems for the suppression of firing points and the destruction of ammunition depots on the Pakistani side of Jammu and Kashmir were used by the Indian army.
The Indian side fired back at the unprovoked shelling of the Pakistani army. Indian soldiers used 105-mm field guns, as well as 155-mm howitzers. The fire was launched by high-precision ammunition according to preliminary target designation.
At least one of the firing positions in Pakistan was completely destroyed. There are no casualties in the Indian army.
Intense skirmish led to a panic of local residents. The incident occurred in the Kupwara district on the control line in Jammu and Kashmir – in the same place where last Sunday, April 5, there was a battle between Indian special forces and terrorists who infiltrated India.
A special forces detachment was abandoned in the specified area and entered into close combat with a group of heavily armed terrorists. During the clash, five-man gangs were eliminated, but five people from the Indian squad were also killed.
Recall that India and Pakistan are constantly violating the ceasefire over the entire length of the control line in Jammu and Kashmir. For the first quarter of 2020, 1,160 such violations were recorded, last year there were 685 in the same period. And for the whole of 2019, 3,479 armed incidents occurred.
Indo-Pakistani conflict for Kashmir
Since 1858, the territory of modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar was considered the colonial possession of Great Britain. In 1947, British India gained independence and was divided into two independent states: India and Pakistan. The main point of conflict between the two countries was the Kashmir region. It has become the disputed territory claimed by India, Pakistan and China.
After the first Indo-Pakistani war (1947-1949), Kashmir was divided into two controlled units. The ceasefire line (now called the “control line”) in Kashmir actually, but not legally, became the border between India and Pakistan.
The situation is aggravated by the fact that Kashmir has traditionally been a Muslim territory, and now the vast majority of the population are Muslims. After the uprising in Indian Jammu and Kashmir in 1980, the activities of terrorist organizations supporting the independence of the region increased dramatically.
Pakistan is interested in gaining control over all of Kashmir, because by doing so, it, among other things, gets a convenient transport route to its ally, China.
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