New Delhi: India on Wednesday expressed "concern"
over China`s plans to have a rail link with Pakistan through
the Karakoram ranges, but said it was doing its own
preparations to counter such a move.
"It is definitely a matter of concern. But we are
taking our counter measures and we are doing our own
preparation," Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju
told reporters here.
He was responding to a question on the Chinese plans to
build the rail link to Pakistan and reach the Arabian Sea via
Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pak-occupied Kashmir.
Raju said both China and Pakistan had made it "very
apparent" that they were "working closely together and
cooperating closely" on defence and strategic issues.
China has already built a rail line up to the Indian
borders along the Tibetan plateau and now the plan is to have
the rail link to Pakistan and reach the Arabian Sea.
Media reports had suggested that a Memorandum of
Understanding for the rail link will be signed between
Beijing and Islamabad soon.