The Border Security Force (BSF) has raised the issue of Chinese troops imparting weapons training to Pakistan forces opposite Rajouri sector in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), sources said. A report prepared by the BSP says, “Chinese troops are seen in some of the Pakistan forward posts in the general area of 3rd and 4th PoK brigades, opposite Rajouri sector. Reportedly, they are imparting weapon handling training to Pakistan Army troops but the description of weapon could not be ascertained.”
Preliminary inputs analysed by BSF also showed some Pakistan Army units have taken over paramilitary posts of Rangers opposite Sriganganagar sector. India has raised the issue of Chinese presence in PoK several times, but China has maintained that these were construction workers aiding Pakistan in infrastructure projects.
The border guarding force also found that Pakistan in the recent past has set up a handful of observation towers along Abohar and Gurdaspur sectors in Punjab.
The BSF intelligence reported that phone intercepts along the border indicate that the Pakistan army and Rangers are planning to deploy snipers and sharp shooters at strategic locations to target Indian soldiers and assets.
It also reported that a special squad of Pakistan army commandos have been placed at locations along the international border and the LoC. These may attempt to carry out raids and attacks into the Indian territory.
It also said that a large grouping of terrorists detected in Pakistan’s Sialkot area might be planning to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir at a time when the state is gearing up for assembly polls.
The BSF report also said that along the Indo-Pak border in Sir Creek area near Gujarat, about 25 Indian fishing boats and 155 fishermen had been apprehended by Pakistani maritime authorities in the current fishing season.
During the spate of recent ceasefire violations in October, the report said, retaliatory action by BSF killed at least 5 soldiers on the other side.