Chinese soldiers present in PoK: Army Chief

Chinese soldiers are present in PoK to provide security to its ongoing railways and road projects there, Army Chief General Bikram Singh said.

Updated: Sep 19, 2012, 17:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Chinese soldiers are present in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) to provide security to its ongoing railways and road projects there, Army Chief General Bikram Singh said here Wednesday.

"We are told that Chinese soldiers are there to provide protection to their ongoing projects related to their railways, road and hydro-electric projects and it is basically for security purposes," the Army Chief said in an interaction with reporters here.

"We have already conveyed this to the Government and whatever is there, we have our frontiers guarded well," Singh said when asked if the presence of Chinese troops in PoK was a matter of concern for the force.

India has already expressed its concerns to China over the presence of its troops in a territory claimed by India. Reports in the recent past have suggested that around 4,000 Chinese troops are present in PoK.

Asked if it was possible for any country to repeat 1962, Gen Singh said, "Such an event will not be repeated as the country`s forces have got plans in place to protect the territorial integrity of the nation.

"No. It will not be repeated. I am assuring the nation as Chief of the Army Staff that 1962 will not be repeated. No way. Country`s borders are well protected and the Army will not allow the enemy to cross it," he said.

In next few months, it will be 50 years of Sino-India war during which the Chinese force had crossed over and entered territories in the north and northeastern region.

"I am not talking about any country. I am only assuring as Chief of the Army Staff. We have plans in place to safeguard the territorial integrity of our country. That is the assurance I am giving you," he said.

When asked if he was satisfied with infrastructure development in the Northeast especially Arunachal Pradesh, the Army Chief said several projects were going on there but "yeh dil maange more (the heart wants more)".