NEW DELHI: Pakistan has moved two divisions of troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) including occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Economic Times (ET) reported quoting intelligence inputs, indicate clearer signs of a China-Pak collaboration on the border.
Pakistan has moved almost 20,000 additional soldiers to LoC 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, ET reported.
“The simultaneous build up on the Pakistan and China borders and efforts to incite terrorism in Kashmir has brought the possibility of a two-front war and fighting terrorists in Kashmir, the worst case scenario strategic experts fear, closer to reality,” the ET added.
“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”.
A build up in Gilgit-Baltistan would require additional responsibility for the Indian Army that has deployed a credible force in eastern Ladakh to counter China.
After the bifurcation of J&K , Gilgit-Baltistan is part of the Union Territory of Ladakh, but occupied by Pakistan. The area adjoins Kargil-Drass where India fought a war to evacuate Pakistani intruders in 1999.