Army Discusses Establishment of Cross-Border Optic Fiber Connectivity

According to news sources, earlier this week, top military official announced a security risk indicating that some incoming and outbound internet traffic landed in India before being routed to its destinations.

Maj-Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa, Director General SCO (Special Communications Organisation), during a briefing to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology said:

“The network which brings internet traffic into Pakistan through submarine cables has been developed by a consortium that has Indian companies either as partners or shareholders, which is a serious security concern. We would like to propose a new alternative network system to be set up in Gwadar for the flow of internet traffic,”

Mr Bajwa was seeking approval for the establishment of a cross-border optic fiber connectivity network under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

The project will include laying of over 800 kilometres fibre optic cables along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) starting from Khunjerab to Rawalpindi to Gwadar and finally terminating in Karachi.

Source: Dawn News