Pakistan moves 20,000 soldiers to Gilgit-Baltistan LoC, China in talks with Pak terror groups

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New Delhi: At a time when the Indian and Chinese militaries continue to engage in talks to defuse the tension in Ladakh region, sources say Pakistan has started moving troops along the Gilgit-Baltistan area and the Chinese army is holding talks with terror organisation Al Badr to incite violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to sources, Pakistan has moved almost 20,000 additional troops in the northern Ladakh region to match Chinese deployments.

Sources have indicated that Pakistan is looking at an opportunity to open a two-front attack on India. Meanwhile, there were a series of meetings between the Indian Army and intelligence officials to discuss the looming threat.

Sources have said Pakistan’s ISI, egged on by the Chinese, has further increased the sending of battle-hardened terrorists or even planning BAT operations in India.

Sources have also said that the groups are also discussing “internal sabotage” with the nearly 100 Pakistani terrorists inside Kashmir.

A build-up by Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan would mean additional responsibility for the Indian Army, besides having deployment of forces in eastern Ladakh to counter China.

On Tuesday, the Indian and Chinese militaries held an over 10-hour Corps Commander-level dialogue with a focus on finalising modalities for the disengagement of troops from various standoff points in eastern Ladakh, wherein India put forward its demand of restoration of status quo.

In the meeting, the Indian delegation conveyed concerns over China’s “new claim lines” in the region and demanded restoration of status quo ante as well as immediate withdrawal of Chinese troops from Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and a number of other areas, sources said.  The focus of the talks was on finalising the modalities for de-escalation,  and disengagement of troops from various friction points, the sources said adding there were deliberations on confidence building measures as well.

An official word on the details of the meeting is expected today, It was the third corps commander-level meeting since the standoff began on 5 May.

India has been monitoring movements at airbases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) after a Chinese refueller aircraft reportedly landed in Skardu.

This comes on the back of escalating tensions along the LAC between India and China.

After several reports mistreatment of Indian embassy officials in Pakistan, India asked Pakistan to reduce its staff in high commission in Delhi straight to half the strength now, within a period of seven days, a move further downgrading the ties between the two conflicting neighbours. At the same India is also doing a ‘reciprocal trimming’ of  its staff in its high commission in Islamabad.

The move came after  Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad were abducted on gunpoint and tortured by Pakistani security agencies.  It is also to be noted that Pakistan High Commission officials are also suspected of carrying out espionage activities in India and maintaining dealings with terror outfits.

The Indian delegation conveyed concerns over China’s “new claim lines” in the region and demanded restoration of status quo ante as well as immediate withdrawal of Chinese troops from Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso and a number of other areas.

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