ETIM militants may attack CPEC projects and Chinese citizens in Pakistan

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: According to a high level source ministry of interior on the input of intelligence agencies ordered to tightened the security of Chinese nationals working on the CPEC projects. According to reports three militants of East Turkmenistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) in two groups  have been entered form Ghitral and Bajour agency Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. The ETIM militants have planned to  target Chinese citizens and CPEC projects passing through Punjab and KPK provinces. The input claimed that the ETIM militants may attack those installations, hotels and areas where Chinese are working on CPEC and related projects.

In the light of these threats Government has decided to take strict measures, all those installations will be surveyed by special branch and Counter terrorism Department (CTD). It has been informed to the Chinese embassy to order your citizens to avoid unnecessary movement. It has also been summoned to special branch to make sure the security clearance of all those people who are working along with Chinese nationals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

The foreign ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in Beijing in December where they agreed to work together to tackle the threat of terrorism and disallow terrorists to use their respective territories against each other. The first trilateral meeting of foreign ministers from the countries comes as China steps up its investment in its neighboring nations as part of its trillion-dollar One Belt One Road investment initiative.

All were agreed to cooperate in fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and without any distinctions of any sort including strict actions against ETIM ( Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement) and their support groups and networks in the region.

The East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) is a Muslim separatist group founded by militant Uighurs, members of the Turkic-speaking ethnic majority in northwest China’s Xinjiang province. The U.S. treasury department listed ETIM as a terrorist organization in 2002 during a period of increased U.S.-Chinese cooperation on anti terrorism in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks. The group and its ties to Muslim fundamentalism have compounded Chinese concerns about the rising threat of terrorism within the country as its restive western regions faced a spate of terrorist attacks in 2014.

 

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