India worried over Pak tunnels near border
Intelligence inputs that Pakistan is in the process of building tunnels close to the border has left the govt worried.
New Delhi: A piece of information from intelligence agencies has left the Indian government worried – that Pakistan is in the process of building tunnels close to the border.
A newspaper report claimed on Monday that the tunnels have come up in Sargodha district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. These can even be noticed on satellite imagery available on Google Earth.
The newspaper quoted an unnamed official as saying that the agencies were trying to find out the purpose behind digging up such tunnels that are huge in size. The tunnels are not meant to serve transportation purpose as they have no links to roads, the official added.
It is believed that Pakistan has constructed in the past storage sheds for missiles and weapons in Sargodha, which is one of Islamabad’s nuclear installations. But the size of the new tunnels has caused an alarm in the government, as New Delhi suspects Pakistan could use these tunnels to store battle-ready nuclear weapons or missiles.
It has yet to be ascertained whether the move to construct tunnels is a precautionary measure, considering Taliban and other terror groups pose security threat to the sensitive Sargodha nuclear facility. The first terror strike on a Pakistani nuclear installation had taken place in Sargodha only, in November 2007.