Surrounded by ongoing tensions with Pakistan over scrapping of the Article 370, Pakistani forces have started moving their equipments to forward bases close to Ladakh.
“Three C-130 transport aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force were used on Saturday to ferry equipment to their Skardu air base opposite the Union Territory of Ladakh. The Indian agencies concerned are keeping a close eye on the movement of Pakistanis along the border areas,” said government sources.
According to the sources, Pakistan Air Force was planning to conduct an exercise and the move of shifting planes to the forward base could also be a part of it.
Pakistanis are most likely to move in their JF-17 fighter planes to the Skardu air field, they said. The Indian Air Force, army along with the Indian intelligence agencies are keeping a close watch on the movement of the Pakistani Air Force. The Pakistanis used an older version of the C-130 transport aircraft is the older version of the C-130 transport aircraft which was earlier supplied by the Americans a long time ago. One of their military rulers Gen Zia Ul Haq was also killed in power when the C-130 in which he was travelling crashed in August 1988 due to a bomb explosion.
Skardu is a forward operating base of the Pakistan Air Force and it uses it to support its Army operations on the border with India. After, the abolishment of article 370 and bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Pakistan has been trying to make a big issue out of India’s decision.