Pakistan’s interior ministry has issued an alert to the Gilgit-Baltistan government asking it to take necessary steps to beef up security on on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) installations in view of a terror threat by India.
According to reports, Pakistan’s interior ministry has written to the Gilgit-Baltistan administration that India is trying to sabotage the multi-billion CPEC project and may resort to terror attacks.
The letter dated January 28 states that India has sent 400 Muslim men to Afghanistan for training to carry out attacks on major CPEC installations, including the strategically important Karakoram Highway (KKH).
Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported that the Gilgit-Baltistan government held a high-level meeting last week to discuss the ‘terror threat’ and take necessary steps. Police personnel deputed for the security of bridges at KKH needed to be put on high alert so that any subversive activity could be foiled, the newspaper quoted a letter issued by IGP Sabir Ahmed, as saying. Ahmed told the local media that bridges Karakoram Highway on CPEC route have been declared sensitive.
In December last year, Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had directly accused India of using different tactic to fail the the USD 50 billion CPEC. “India is hatching conspiracies against CPEC but Pakistan will foiled them with the support of the people. India is using the soil of Afghanistan for such conspiracies, Iqbal had said.
The CPEC Controversy
India has objected to the CPEC – which is the biggest project of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – as it traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and has become a contentious issue in India-China relations.
China in the past has evinced interest to resolve issues through talks and even its envoy in New Delhi has said Beijing is willing to change the project’s name to make it more acceptable to India.
Beijing has also been clarifying that the project, which provides a strategic connection from its Xinjiang province to Pakistan’s Gwadar port in Balochistan province on the Arabian Sea opposite India’s west coast, will not alter its stand on Kashmir which it said should be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan through talks.