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We have no such indication: Top Army commander on reports of China helping set up missile sites in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

Lt. Gen. B.S. Raju (left) shakes hands with Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon as he takes as the new corps Commander, in Srinagar on March 1, 2020. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Amid reports that China is helping Pakistan set up sites for surface-to-air missiles in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), a top Army commander in Srinagar on Saturday said there is no indication of any tactical help being extended by Beijing to Islamabad.

Corps Commander of the Army’s Srinagar-based Chinar Corps Lt. Gen. B. S. Raju, however, said there is military cooperation between Pakistan and China in terms of equipment.

To the brink and back in Ladakh

Amid the continuing standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh, media reports quoting intelligence inputs have claimed that China is helping Pakistan set up sites for surface-to-air missiles in PoK as soldiers of their armies have been carrying out joint patrols in the region. Gen. Raju said there has not been any such indication.

“I have seen the reports in the media. Whether Pakistan is helping China or China is helping Pakistan, we have no such indication,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a passing out-cum-attestation parade at the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre on the outskirts of Srinagar.

“But because of the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor), there is the presence of China in Pakistan. The military cooperation in terms of equipment is there, but we are not seeing any tactical help,” he said.

China controls 1,000 sq. km of area in Ladakh

According to the reports, the construction work for the installation of surface-to-air missile defence system is being carried out by the Pakistan army and China’s People’s Liberation Army at Pauli Pir near Lasadanna Dhok of PoK. Pakistan army personnel and dozens of civilians are working at the construction site, the reports stated.

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