Chinese PLA inspects villages and military posts in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir


China People’s Liberation Army personnel are investigating border posts and villages in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to bolster the Pakistani military apparatus across the Line of Control, sources said, adding that Indian security forces were monitoring the activities and motives for the investigation.

Sources said about four dozen Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers arrived in the general areas of Kel, Jura and Leepa in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir a month ago.

The Indian armed forces say these areas – Kel, Jura and Leepa – are among those from which Pakistan is pushing terrorists into Indian territory.

The source said that more than 40 People’s Liberation Army soldiers came to these areas, divided into groups of five or six each, visited a number of villages and carried out surveys of villages, towns and villages. Pakistani army posts and the “infiltration routes used by terrorists to reach the Kashmir Valley”.

The groups were accompanied by members of the Pakistani army, officers from the inter-agency intelligence services (ISI) and interpreters.

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The source said that the visit of Chinese troops to Pakistan-occupied Kashmiri villages indicates the establishment of model villages – which can be used by both civilians and the military – in those areas.

“Are the Chinese helping Pakistan build model villages along the Line of Control like they did across the borders with India?”

Last week, the US Department of Defense in its annual report to Congress on military and security developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) reported that China had built a large civilian village of 100 houses inside the disputed territory between the Tibet Autonomous Region and Arunachal Pradesh in India.

The report also said that these and other infrastructure development efforts along the Indo-China border had been a source of consternation for the Indian government and media.

Regarding the US report, however, a senior security official said that said village referred to has been under Chinese control since 1959.

The village was built by China in an area that was occupied by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) after it invaded a rifle post in Assam in 1959, in an operation known as the Incident of Longju along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.


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