NEW DELHI: Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday created sensation when he claimed in the Lok sabha that China has buried nuclear bombs in Pakistan to attack India.
His statement in the Parliament drew attention of many as he is also a former Defense Minister. However, Army sources in Delhi denied reports that China has carried out any major troop mobilisations close to the border and called recent wargames as ‘routine’.
Yadav also claimed that Indian intelligence agencies would know better about Chinese nuclear weapons in Pakistan. Dubbing China as the biggest enemy of India, Mulayam said Beijing is ready to attack India in collaboration with Pakistan.
“India is today facing a big danger from China. I have been cautioning the central government for years. China has joined hands with Pakistan. It has made full preparation to attack India,” Yadav said.
Asking the government on the issue, Yadav said, “What has the government done? In Kashmir, the Chinese army has allied with the Pak army,” Yadav said during the Zero Hour.
Amidst ongoing border tension between India and China, Mulayam said that Chinese military personnel have been seen in Pakistani military facilities in Pak-occupied-Kashmir and China was also building roads there. It must be opposed at the diplomatic level, Yadav said.
Mulayam kept on speaking on the issue of China even after repeated requests from Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to cut short his speech.
Mulayam urged the centre to support Tibet’s independence. Without naming anybody, the SP leader said that India's stand on Tibet, a reference to its acceptance that the region was part of China, was a mistake and the time has come to support its independence as it had been a traditional buffer between the two big nations.
Yadav said that India should give maximum support to the Dalai Lama. “China is our enemy, not Pakistan. Pakistan can do us no damage,” he said.
The former defence minister further said that it is India’s responsibility to protect Bhutan and China was eyeing Nepal, he said. He also spoke against the Chinese goods finding a market in India.
Earlier during the day, a united opposition forced the adjournment of the Lok Sabha proceedings for nearly an hour by storming the Well and raising slogans slamming the government for allegedly ignoring the well-being of farmers.
Defense Ministry denies reports
Defence ministry has denied reports that of China has carried out any major troop mobilisations close to the border and called recent wargames as ‘routine’.
Claiming a general state of alert on both sides of Line of Actual Control, army sources said that there have been a couple of videos in the media showing massive exercises by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army while Chinese media has reported huge mobilisation of heavy equipment and resources in the face of the standoff at Doka La.
As per the mouthpiece of China’s people’s Liberation Army, the Chinese Army moved tens of thousands of tonnes of military hardware into the remote mountainous Tibet region after the standoff with Indian troops in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector. It further stated that the vast haul was transported to a region south of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet by the Western Theatre Command - which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles border issues with India.
Here, in national capital, Army sources claimed that exercise in the video that has been going around is a routine annual exercise which took place in early June and is nothing unusual. It took place near Lhasa in Tibet, about 700 km from the border.
On June 16, Chinese troops tried to construct a road through the disputed Doka La Plateau which was physically blocked by Indian troops in the area triggering the present standoff. Since then both sides have pitched tents and are sitting facing each other. About Indian 300 soldiers are facing a slightly lesser strength of Chinese troops. They are about 100-150m away from each other.