Pakistan's interior ministry has reportedly written a letter to Gilgit-Baltistan's home department, asking it to make "foolproof security arrangements" as there can be attacks on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) routes.
Pakistan's leading newspaper DAWN reported that the letter claims that "India had sent 400 Muslim youngsters to Afghanistan for receiving training to be able to carry out attacks".
The letter said police personnel deputed for the security of bridges at Karakoram Highway needed to be put on high alert. It said local police officers should conduct combing operations, supervise checking at vulnerable points, hotels and guesthouses, said a report.
Last year in November, Chairman of Pakistan's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mehmood Hayat had accused India of stoking "chaos and anarchy" in the regions where CPEC work is going on. He alleged that Indian's intelligence agency RAW has established a special cell at a cost of USD 500 million to sabotage the CPEC.
Pakistan's top officials have been accusing RAW of sabotaging the CPEC as the Pakistani security forces had to battle numerous attacks by the Balochistan nationalist forces as well as the Islamic State in Balochistan province. The CPEC connects China's restive Xinjiang province with Gwadar Port in Balochistan.
China would be constructing several infrastructure and hydropower projects, industrial parks, railway lines and all-weather roads and highways in Gilgit-Baltistan as well as in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. CPEC will also reduce by 12,000 km the distance from Middle East from where China imports its crude oil.