Pakistan moves 20,000 soldiers to LoC

Published: July 1, 2020

The Pakistan Army recently moved 20,000 soldiers to the Gilgit-Baltistan region. The army is to deploy them along Line of Control. This is being done to match Chinese deployments along Line of Actual Control.

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The level of troops moved by Pakistan is more than what the country did after Balakot air strikes. The build up of forces would require additional responsibility for the Indian Army that has already deployed its forces along LAC, especially in Ladakh to counter China.

Gilgit Baltistan

The region is currently administered by Pakistan. The region is under dispute between India and Pakistan since 1947. The region became a separate administrative unit in 1970. The region does not participate in Pakistani constitutional affairs though it is administered by Pakistan. It has never been formally integrated to the state of Pakistan.

The region is currently under self-rule. It has an elected Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly and Gilgit-Baltistan Council.

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