Efforts on to dent Pak-China ties

Foreign intelligence agencies are working overtime to dent the all-weather Pak-China friendship, sources have revealed. In this regard, they quoted the recent terrorist attacks in Xinjiang, China, in which several people were killed.
Not ruling out the role of inimical foreign intelligence agencies in creating unrest in southwestern China, they said there was little evidence that members of the terrorist organization, the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), were receiving training in Pakistan and Afghanistan for sabotage activities on the Chinese mainland. Those who were discovered were promptly eliminated by the Pakistan military.
In this connection, sources quoted Al-Jazeera website as saying, “Analysts and Uighur activists confirm that Chinese Muslim activists have been to Taliban-controlled regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, but say there is no evidence that they are being trained to carry out attacks in China.”
The website quoted Dru Gladney, a Chinese expert at the US-based Pacific Basin Institute, as saying: “I don’t think there is any reason to assume that any organization is orchestrating. Barring any evidence, it’s ridiculous to make such a claim.”
Another analyst Gardner Bovingdon, a professor of Central Asian studies at Indiana University, said that “I have seen no irrefutable evidence that the ETIM still exists or that it is responsible for the recent round of violence.”
Meanwhile, senior Pakistani officials have given out significant information regarding operations against the ETIM. DG ISPR Major General Athar Abbas recently said Hasan Mahsum had been killed in October 2003 and Abdul Haq Al-Turkistani in February 2011, both of them the top ETIM leaders.
Sources said that since the very beginning, the Sino-Pak relationship had troubled many powerful world capitals, including New Delhi.
Tracing the history of attacks on Chinese interests on Pakistani mainland, they said: “The problem became acute when the Chinese built the Gwadar Port in Balochistan.” They said that the port and the presence of Chinese in Balochistan in particular was considered a strategic threat by the US and India besides several other countries.
They said terrorist organizations based in Fata and Afghan border were given the task to attack and kidnap Chinese nationals in Pakistan. However, most of the threats were foiled by Pakistani security agencies. — Waqar Ahmed



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