PLA in PoK: India conveys concern to Beijing

A report had claimed that an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 Chinese soldiers were present in PoK.

Beijing/New Delhi: India on Friday conveyed its concerns to China over its presence in Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and its activities in that region.

The Indian move came in the wake of reports of presence of about 11,000 Chinese troops in Jammu and Kashmir`s Gilgit-Baltistan region held by Pakistan.

The Indian concerns over Chinese "activity and presence" were conveyed by Ambassador to China S Jaishankar during a meeting with their vice minister for foreign affairs Zhang Zhijun in Beijing on Friday, according to officials at the Indian embassy.

Jaishankar also conveyed India`s concerns over the presence of Peoples` Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the region. However, China had on Thursday rejected reports that its troops were in Gilgit region in northern Kashmir.

Jaishankar returned to Beijing on Thursday from Delhi where he had briefed the the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on the developments regarding China. The CCS chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had discussed the matter on Tuesday.

Following the US news reports of PLA presence in PoK, India had said it would independently verify the matter which it dubbed as "serious, if true".

"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," external affairs ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash had said on Monday when asked to comment on reports in ` The New York Times about the influx of an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 PLA soldiers in Gilgit-Baltistan region.


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