外文标题：Optic fiber line to give China access to Pak military networks
BEIJING: Work on lying a fiber optic cable line linking China to Pakistan is set to begin soon.
Sources said that the link will give China access to Pakistani military's communication networks. Radio Pakistan reported that a team of exports have visited parts of the area to be covered by the line and plan to begin work soon.
Telecom experts recently carried out inspection in Sost and Khunjarab in the upper Hunza area of Gilgit Baltistan, Radio Pakistan said quoting officials of the communication department in the area.
The new lines will also connect Rawalpindi, the military headquarters of Pakistan and Gilgit Baltistan including areas in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, sources said.
Pakistani experts have talked about the security challenges faced by the project including the possibility of the communication lines being monitored and disrupted by Taliban militants but they have not expressed any worry about the access it would give to Chinese authorities, observers said. This may be because Pakistan regards China as an all-weather and trusted friend, they said.
China and Pakistan signed an agreement for the optic fiber project by the Chinese company Huawei during the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Beijing in July.
The fiber cable connecting Rawalpindi and Khunjarab on the Pakistan-China border will be 820 km long and will cost $44 million.
Both neighbors have opted for additional measures to mitigate security challenges because voice and data traffic along the militant infested border could be monitored and disturbed, sources said. Erratic climatic conditions in the area also pose a challenge.
The project planners have provided for an alternative link between Pakistan and Trans-Asia Europe cable in China to ensure connectivity with the international telecom traffic in case of disruption, APP, the Pakistani news agency reported.
"all-weather and trusted friend" - sounds more like a tight leash
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"all-weather and trusted friend" -That's real, not simple slogans. China never forces Pakistan to do something, and Pakistan never neither. but both countries are friend to each other. That's good thing for the countries and the neighborhood.
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Third Artillery (China)
We are bound together with common national interests and traditional friendship. It is geopolitical but beyond geopolitical. Indian aggressiveness to both countries only cemented the alliance stronger.
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Anja (India) replies to Third Artillery
True - both Pak and China have a lot in common : their common national interest is to capture Indian territories! Both countries provide money and arms to fuel either terrorism or Naxalite movements in India. As for traditional friendship... China failed Pakistan in 1965 and 72 war while Pak developed cold feet while planning to attack India during 62 Indo - China war. Both China and Pakistan army wantonly crosses the LAC and LOC respectively ...but of course their intentions are peaceful? , it is only India who is aggressive!.
secular radical (Unknown)
Pakistan is prostituting itself to China!
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Yang DaWei (Chengdu, China)
Good move,Pakistan tied in Chinese Chariot.
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ITALIAN CONGRESS (Location)
how can a nation hand over its security to other nation?????
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H S (delhu)
Good news. Pak should get it ready to be another Tibet while handing over the military information to China. Pak can do any thing to put India on hanger and to disturb it peace in either way. However we should feel happy as it is beginning of grapping Pak by China.
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