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Disengagement at Pangong Tso taking place faster than expected: Sources


New Delhi, Feb 15: India is keeping a close watch on the disengagement at Pangong Tso. Sources tell OneIndia that the disengagement is taking place faster than expected. There is a good chance that the process will be completed at the north and south banks of the Pangong Lake by Friday, the source cited above also said.

There is rapid movement of Chinese heavy vehicles beyond Finger 8, satellite images have shown.

Disengagement at Pangong Tso taking place faster than expected: Sources

While armoured elements like battle tanks and armoured personnel carriers are being withdrawn from friction points in the south bank of Pangong Tso, troops are being pulled back from the north bank areas, sources said.

Disengagement process at Pangong Tso to be complete by FridayDisengagement process at Pangong Tso to be complete by Friday

The sources said withdrawal of armoured elements from the south bank of Pangong Tso is almost complete and temporary structures erected by both sides will be demolished in the next few days.

"The disengagement process will take time as both sides are together carrying out verification of the withdrawal of troops and military hardware," said a source.

The disengagement of troops and armoured elements is limited to the friction points where the two sides were on an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation, sources said.

After a nine-month standoff, the two militaries reached the agreement on disengagement in the north and south banks of Pangong lake that mandates both sides to cease forward deployment of troops in a "phased, coordinated and verifiable" manner.

On Thursday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a detailed statement in Parliament on the disengagement pact.

Disengagement process on at Pangong TsoDisengagement process on at Pangong Tso

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    According to the agreement, China has to pull back its troops to east of Finger 8 areas in the northern bank while the Indian personnel will be based at their permanent base at Dhan Singh Thapa Post near Finger 3 in the region.

    Similar action will take place on the south bank of the lake as well, Singh said in Parliament.

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