In a startling revelation that should raise the hackles of Indian authorities, the Border Security Force (BSF) has claimed that Chinese troops are training Pakistani forces in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, and has issued a report to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
The report states the Chinese troops are imparting weapon training to their Pakistani counterparts near Rajouri in Jammu & Kashmir, and that the former were seen in Pakistani forward posts in the area of 3rd and 4th PoK brigades, according to Press Trust of India.
"Chinese troops are seen in some of the Pakistan forward posts in the general area of 3rd and 4th PoK brigades, opposite Rajouri sector. Reportedly, they are imparting weapon handling training to Pakistani Army troops but the description of weapon could not be ascertained," the BSF reports says.
The BSF has also claimed that the Pakistan Army is taking over from the Pakistani Rangers at several key posts along the International Border.
The Pakistan army's mortar platoon has been deployed adjoining the Sriganganagar sector, while a Pakistan infantry division is reportedly carrying out a military exercise near Kandera opposite Jaisalmer sector.
At a time when the state of Jammu and Kashmir is set for polls, the BSF intelligence is said to have intercepted phone communications that suggest that the Pakistani Army and Rangers are planning to deploy snipers and sharpshooters to target Indian soldiers along the border.
The BSF report states that a special squad of Pakistani Army commandos has been placed at select locations along the IB and LoC, which is planning to carry out raids and Border Action Team (BAT)-sponsored attacks into the Indian territory.
Apart from the threat from Pakistani troops, the BSF has also highlighted how terrorists and infiltrators are planning to enter India.
The report states that a group of terrorists has been detected along Sialkot area in Pakistan and a few launch pads for infiltrators have also come to light.
The heightened threat at India's borders come at a time when the country has a new defence minister in Manohar Parrikar, who had reportedly brushed off Chinese incursions in Arunachal Pradesh as "minor incidents".