New Delhi: The Chinese PLA is employed for the construction of critical defense projects on behalf of the Pakistan Army in Balochistan, as well as in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, under the garb of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), top sources in the security set-up told UNI based on latest emerging evidence.
Sources said that the construction of cave-type storage facilities by Chinese soldiers has been reported from Ranikot, Sindh, along the Sehwan-Hyderabad highway approximately 50 km southwest of Nawabshah, Sindh, and near Khuzdar. This location is reported to be used by Khuzdar Missile Regiment deployed in Balochistan.
As per the evidence, 10 to 12 Chinese PLA workers were seen engaged in the construction of underground bunkers at the Pakistan Army camp (40 Frontier Force) in Sharda in PoK.
Further, 10-15 Chinese engineers and workers were found to be engaged in the construction of underground bunkers at the Pakistan Army camp at Phullawai, 12 km southeast of Kel.
The Indian security agencies have informed the government regarding the renovation of bunkers and other construction work being carried out in the areas around the LoC.
Sources said long delays in the completion of projects and building up arrears of the CPEC that stretch from China’s Xinjiang province to Gwadar in Balochistan turn almost dysfunctional.
High-interest rates on CPEC loans, rising project costs, weak projects, and the energy crisis due to the Chinese companies cutting off supplies also resulted in discontent in Pakistan which eventually abolished the CPEC authority.
Therefore, to continue exploitation of the resources of the region and dumping its surplus the Chinese in an attempt to keep Pakistani Army Generals happy, have now embarked on building defense infrastructure for Pakistan.
The CPEC was always destined to become a white elephant project. The economic state of Pakistan was never in a condition to overcome this Chinese debt diplomacy. It was launched with the sole purpose to give China access to the port of Gwadar and exploit of natural resources of Pakistan while mounting huge debts on it, sources claimed.