Contrary to Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna terming Pak-China military cooperation as “serious,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office dubbed reports on collaboration’s influence on Pak-India borders as totally baseless.
Only on Thursday Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua had described reports in Indian media suggesting bilateral cooperation between China and Pakistan were influencing situation on Pak-India borders as “absurd piece of information.
However, India Foreign Minister went on to dwell on these reports on Friday and said that Indian government was closely monitoring developments along its borders to secure the Indian people’s safety.
According to Indian media he was reacting to concerns raised by a top Indian army official over growing Chinese influence along not just India – China border but also India Pakistan border.
When Online contact spokesperson Janjua on Friday to seek comments on the Indian Foreign Minister’s dwelling on the reports she had already described as absurd and baseless, she initially said it was very well addressed in Thursday briefing. Asked to react to the Indian Foreign Minister’s statement on Friday, she again insisted that media report in the basis of these concerns was, “totally baseless news item.”
Indian Foreign Minister was second line describing situation of Pakistan and China getting closer in military and infrastructure cooperation as “serious”.
Speaking earlier in Jammu, Northern Army Command chief, Lt-General KT Parnaik had said the growing Chinese presence would not only be a matter of concern along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China but it could well extend to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan as ties between China and Pakistan grow.
“We have seen media reports on the subject. Government closely and regularly monitors all developments along our borders which can have a bearing on our security,” Krishna told media-persons in New Delhi.
“We continuously review and take all measures necessary to ensure the safety and security of our people, as well as the territorial integrity of the nation,” he added.
Krishna called the growing cooperation between China and Pakistan in the military and infrastructural sectors a “serious” situation for India, adding that the army was debating and evaluating the entire scenario.
This latest development comes as the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will head for China on an official visit next week. Singh will hold multi-lateral and bilateral meetings with the Chinese leadership.