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Army spokesman brushes aside New York Times report on presence of Chinese troops in Gilgit, Baltistan.

RAWALPINDI, August 31, 2010 (Frontier Star): Army spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas has rejected as baseless the report published in New York Times about presence of thousands of Chinese troops in Gilgit, Baltistan. Maj Gen Athar Abbas said this report run contrary to the facts. Chinese nationals working in Gilgit, Baltistan were civilians, not the soldiers. They had brought relief goods for the flood affectees in the areas and wanted to lend help in renovation and reconstruction of Karakorum highway, he remarked. The report filed by Slag Herson is based on malafide intent and concocted one, he underlined. If he sees some one red shirted while sitting in a far off area then he can come here and see how much greenish and scenic location is here. "We will welcome him here", he added. He maintained foreign office had already shown it reaction by dismissing the report carried by New York Times.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 31, 2010
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