In­dia es­tab­lished cell to sab­o­tage CPEC, says army

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ISLAMABAD: In­dia is try­ing to sab­o­tage the China-pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) project through its in­tel­li­gence agency RAW, a se­nior Pak­istani mil­i­tary ofi­cer said on Tues­day.

“RAW has es­tab­lished a spe­cial cell at a cost of $500 mil­lion to sab­o­tage the CPEC,” Gen­eral Zubair Mehmood Hayat, Chair­man Joint Chief of Staff Com­mit­tee (CJCSC), said.

He was ad­dress­ing a two-day con­fer­ence on re­gional dy­nam­ics and strate­gic con­cerns in South Asia.

The top mil­i­tary ofi­cer said In­dia was per­pe­trat­ing ter­ror­ism in Pak­istan through Tal­iban and Baloch sep­a­ratists. “By do­ing so, In­dia was play­ing with ire... In­dia is stok­ing chaos and an­ar­chy in the re­gion.”

In his ad­dress, he stressed the need to re­solve the Kash­mir dis­pute. “Kash­mir is­sue is the har­bin­ger of a nu­clear war in the re­gion.”

Pak­istan’s for­mer High Com­mis­sioner to In­dia Ab­dul Ba­sit also said peace in the re­gion was not pos­si­ble un­less the Kash­mir is­sue was re­solved. In­dia, he said, was push­ing the re­gion to­wards in­sta­bil­ity.

Ear­lier on Mon­day, two sol­diers of the Pak­istan Army were killed in a mil­i­tant at­tack on a check­post near the Afghan bor­der, the In­ter-ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR) said.

“Ter­ror­ists from the Afghanistan side at­tempted an at­tack on Pak­istani posts along the Pak-afghan bor­der in Ba­jaur Agency. The at­tempt was ef­fec­tively re­sponded killing 8-10 lee­ing ter­ror­ists, while many seen run­ning back were in­jured,” the ISPR said in a state­ment.

The de­ceased sol­diers were identiied as Cap­tain Ju­naid Hafeez and Se­poy Ra­ham,. The banned Tehrik-e-tal­iban Pak­istan claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

Four sol­diers were in­jured in the in­ci­dent. “The ab­sence of Afghan (state) writ on (the) Afghan side of the bor­der, like many other ar­eas, fa­cil­i­tates ter­ror­ists to un­der­take such at­tempts,” the ISPR said.

Ofi­cials said the mil­i­tants who have led to Afghanistan due to mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in Pak­istan op­er­ate from the bor­der launch­ing at­tacks on Pak­istani posts.

Both the coun­tries share a 2,600-kilo­me­tre bor­der which the Pak­istan Army is now fenc­ing to stop cross-bor­der move­ment of mil­i­tants. It is the fourth such at­tack on Pak­istani posts from the Afghan side of the bor­der in two months.

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