In what appears to be a significant substantiation of the possibility of a two-front conflict, Pakistan has reportedly moved 20,000 additional troops in Northern Ladakh to match, and in this case to complement the Chinese deployment on the Line of Actual Control in the east where India-China standoff continues to remain heightened.

According to an Economic Times report, Pakistan has moved two divisions of troops in occupied Kashmir and occupied Gilgit-Baltistan respectively. The number of additional troops deployed is more than what Pakistan deployed after Balakot airstrikes last year.

The report says that the simultaneous military buildup on the Chinese and Pakistani side while consistent efforts to fan tensions in Kashmir valley, has brought along the possibility of a ‘two-front war’, the worst-case scenario put in consideration among the strategic circles.

 

Pakistan-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan adjoins the Union Territory of Ladakh, in whose eastern part, the LAC standoff between India and China is ongoing. Pakistani buildup in Gilgit-Baltistan poses another challenge for Indian forces to outweigh while being in a standoff stimulus with the Chinese at the same time in Eastern Ladakh.

The report says that the Chinese are also holding negotiations with a long-decimated terrorist outfit Al Badr, with a history of inciting terror in Kashmir valley, to stimulate tensions in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

"The assessment is that China may provide support to revive the organisation. This is among the signs we have received that indicate Pakistan and China are collaborating on the ground," the report quoted a source as saying.

Why the Chinese are maneuvering Al-Badr for terror, and not Hizbul or Jaish-e-Mohammed?

The terror export machinery from India's neighbourhood has received the strongest blow in years, as 70 terrorists were neutralised by the Indian armed forces in the month of June alone, with many volatile areas such as Pulwama’s Tral free of even a single ‘active’ HM terrorist for the first time since 1989.

The terror maneuvering of Al Badr has become all more necessary for China and Pakistan due to reports of conflicts between Hizbul, and Jaish-e-Mohammed terror groups which has resulted in what the Indian Forces have called as 'uncoordinated acts of desperation' in the months of May and June.

However, in the last couple of weeks, the terror groups have tried to up their game in the valley by acting side-by-side, but the neutralization of top terror commanders (such as Riyaz Naikoo and Abdul Rehman) by the Forces has made it difficult-than-ever for terror machinery to create tensions in the valley.

Earlier this week, a Chinese refueller aircraft was reported to have landed on Skardu airbase in Pak occupied Kashmir, which has increased the chances of Chinese using airbases in Pakistan occupied territories to compensate for the distant airbases it has quite far away (about 250 km) from LAC in Ladakh.

Chinese PLA has also increased its deployment along the LAC adjoining Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh that has furthered the tactical challenge which India is continuing to counter, and in some sectors (in Sikkim and Arunachal) even outweigh the Chinese.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma