New Delhi: India is making "independent
verification" of the reports of presence of Chinese troops in
Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, saying
it would be a matter of "serious concern" if it turns out to
"We have seen media reports...and are seeking an
independent verification of these reports. If true, it would
be a matter of serious concern and we would do all that is
necessary to ensure safety and security of the nation,"
official spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs Vishnu
Prakash told reporters today.
He was asked about the reports in New York Times about
the influx of an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 soldiers of the
Chinese People`s Liberation Army in strategic Gilgit-Baltistan
region in the PoK, which is closed to the world.
According to the US newspaper, "China wants a grip on the
strategic area to assure unfettered road and rail access to
the Gulf through Pakistan," and for this purpose is building
high-speed rail and road link.
The link up would enable Beijing to transport cargo and
oil tankers from eastern China to the new Chinese-built
Pakistani Naval base at Gawadar, Pasni and Ormara in
Balochistan, just east of the Gulf in 48 hours.
"Many of the PLA soldiers entering Gilgit-Baltistan are
expected to work on the railroad. Some are extending the
Karakoram Highway, built to link China`s Xinjiang province
with Pakistan. Others are working on dams, expressways and
other project," the paper said.