TOI has accessed two official documents, one by the Pakistani military based in Balochistan and another a notice sent to local administrations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which reveal that the neighbouring country has begun preparations for war with India.
Pakistan army based in Headquarters Quetta Logistics Area (HQLA) in Quetta Cantonment wrote to Jilani Hospital on February 20 to arrange and plan for medical support in view of the possibility of a war with India.
“In case of emergency war on the eastern front, Quetta logistics area is expected to receive injured soldiers from civil and military hospitals of Sindh and Punjab. After initial medical treatment, these soldiers are planned to be shifted from military and civil public sector to the civil hospital in Balochistan till the period of availability of beds in CMHs (civil military hospitals),” the letter to Jilani hospital’s Abdul Malik by one Asia Naz, force commander, HQLA, said.
It adds: “The Logistics Area has a comprehensive medical support plan encompassing all military and civil hospitals in the province. In case of an eventuality besides bed expansion of military hospital, civil hospitals have already been assigned the responsibility to reserve and earmark 25% of their bedding capacity for the injured soldiers.”
The instructions also asked private hospitals to earmark 25% of their beds for the said purpose along with the allied facilities. The letter ended with the claim: “We have received an overwhelming response from all over Pakistan and anticipate the same from Balochistan.”
On Thursday, the PoK government sent a letter asking the local administration in Neelum, Jehlum, Rawalkot, Haweli, Kotli and Bhimbher areas along the Line of Control (LoC) to issue advisories for their residents, warning them about a possible retaliation by the Indian Army.
TOI had on February 17 reported
+ that Pakistan has relocated terrorists from launchpads along the LoC. Intelligence sources said these relocations include those camps opposite 19 Division on the Indian side besides those in Lipa Valley opposite Naugam sector and Rawalkot and Khuiretta opposite Nowshera and Poonch in India’s 25 Division in Rajouri.
The PoK government letter also advised residents to take “safe routes whenever commuting” besides avoiding congregation. “Those residing near the LoC and (those who) do not have bunkers should get one made immediately,” it said, adding that they should also avoid unnecessary lighting at night.
The local administration has also been asked to advise inhabitants to avoid unnecessary travel near the LoC. Animals should not be taken to fields near LoC either, it said.