China told to cease construction in Pakistani Kashmir: Army

Jammu, April 29 (IANS) India has told China to case its reported construction activities in parts of Pakistani Kashmir, the Indian Army said on Friday.

A spokesman for the army’s Udhampur-headquartered Northern Command said in a statement: “There have been no instances of incursions by Chinese troops into Indian territory.”

At the same time, he added that there was no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China.

“There are areas along the border including in Ladakh where India and China have differing perceptions of LAC. Due to both sides undertaking patrolling up to their perception of the LAC, transgressions do occur.

“Regarding construction activities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), the government has seen such reports and has conveyed its concerns to China about their activities and asked them to cease such activities.”

The spokesman said there had been 118 infiltration attempts from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir last year.

“Of these, only 33 succeeded while the rest were foiled by troops.

“Up to March 31 this year, there were 24 infiltration bids on the LoC (Line of Control) and only 18 succeeded.”

The spokesman said issues related to infiltration along the India-Pakistan border were taken up with Islamabad at the appropriate level.

“Necessary steps are taken to ensure that the national security concerns are adequately addressed through capability and infrastructural development. This is a continuous process,” the statement said.

India has registered its protest against the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor that runs through a part of Pakistani Kashmir.



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