India is not surprised to hear about the deployment of a Chinese submarine or troops at Gwadar port of Balochistan, Pakistan, said Defence expert Major General (Retd.) P.K. Sehgal on Saturday. “It was not surprising, and we were fully aware of the fact that Gwadar port has been developed both for commercial and military purposes. Pakistan and China would like to use it to squeeze India to the extent that is possible,” Major General (Retd.) Sehgal told ANI.
The Defence Expert also said appropriate measures have been taken to ensure India’s security. “We were aware of it and appropriate measures are in place and would be put in place to ensure that danger to India does not become of level that our security is compromised with,” he added.
Asserting that China has taken the decision as it was worried about its energy requirements, Sehgal said, “The port also acquires significance because 80 to 85 percent energy requirements of China pass through the Indian Ocean which can be very effectively interfered with, in an emergency situation by the Indian Navy in consent with American and Japanese navies or even by itself .”
China is reportedly planning to deploy its ships along with Pakistan ships to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes of the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Sehgal further said, “The aim of laying the CPEC is to ensure that Pakistan’s energy security cannot be interfered with by India and to also keep an oversight on the South Western Command of the Indian Navy.”