Chinese engineers helping Pakistan to fortify bunkers along international border: Intelligence Report

Chinese nationals were earlier seen at a Pak Army post from the Bahawalpur side carrying surveillance equipment. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 16, 2018, 05.11 AM (IST)

Pakistan Army is taking help from China to fortify its bunkers along the international border(IB), according to an intelligence report accessed by WION.

Intelligence report points to the presence of at least 4 or 5 Chinese personnel in Pakistan's post at Jannat Gul opposite Bikaner. The report said three Chinese were seen testing surveillance equipment.

It is however not the first time when Chinese engineers were seen with the Pakistan Army at the Indo-Pak border. There were two instances earlier when Chinese nationals were seen at various locations at Pakistan Army posts including Zannat Gul.

According to the intelligence report, in early November last year, Chinese nationals were seen at a Pak Army post from Bahawalpur side carrying surveillance equipment. The Chinese engineers stayed till November 25th, the report added.

With the help of the Chinese Army and their engineers, Pakistan recently completed construction of two underground bunkers sized 12x10x08 feet towards the Bahawalpur side.

The intelligence report said the thickness of new Chinese-made bunker walls was about 18 inches and they were all "high impactable bunkers".

"These bunkers are also designed very differently with no loopholes. Illumination is done with the help of solar lights. Overhead protection to the bunker is given by a layer of sand," the report said.

The intelligence report pointed out that these bunkers were being constructed for installation of some "new equipment in the future".

The report added that the Pakistan Army finds its difficulties to carry out long strategy of  Border Action Team (BAT) and sniper attacks by the Indian Army.

Pakistan is also surprised with the way the Indian security forces have been reacting to attacks launched by its Rangers along the Line of Control.

The report said Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence(ISI) is worried over Indian Army's new military stance of "surgical strikes" across the border aimed at targeting camps.

Also, during ceasefire violations, Pakistan forces have faced massive losses, the report added.