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Significant Chinese presence in PoK: Lt Gen Parnaik

PTI  Akhnoor, January 15, 2013
First Published: 18:02 IST(15/1/2013) | Last Updated: 18:59 IST(15/1/2013)

Asserting that there is a large presence of Chinese troops and workers in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), northern command chief Lt Gen TK Parnaik on Tuesday said that China would not like to "interfere" in border conflict between India and Pakistan.

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"There is a large number of People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops and Chinese workers in PoK and we also know that they are involved in construction of infrastructural projects in Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK," Parnaik told reporters after presenting gallantry and distinguished service awards to 44 Army personnel of the Northern Command at the Investure ceremony on 64th Army Day celebration here.

However, no report has been received about their carrying of weapons in PoK and are readying for it, Parnaik said.

"I do not think China will be stakeholder in India and Pakistan on the issue of border skirmishes - it has not interfered and will not do it," he said.

"Siachen is a strategic location - it is an important area which is under our occupation - it is our area - on its east side Akasi Chin and Korakuram ranges fall and on western side there is Pakistan area of Gilgit-Baltistan," he said.

The Army commander claimed that Pakistan had number of times tried to enter into negotiation over it but whenever there are issues of agreement, the country does not comply with it.

"There can be no talks if they do not agree the line (of control) - where till we occupy, the land should be made permanent," he said.


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