- Army chief assures Chinese top officials of safety for nationals working in Pakistan and eliminating terror threats to both countries from East Turkistan Islamic Movement
- China offers to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation
China on Thursday asked Pakistan to protect its nationals working in the country and offered to enhance cooperation in combating terrorism.
China’s concerns over infiltration as well as safety of its nationals working in Pakistan topped the agenda for visiting Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif who is there on his maiden official visit.
Gen Sharif met China’s top interior security official Meng Jianzhu, who directly overseas the security operations in the troubled Muslim dominated Xinjiang province, bordering Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and rest of the country.
The meeting came a day after Gen Sharif’s talks with vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Fan Changlong, the highest military official, where anti-terror cooperation was highlighted.
Gen Sharif told Fan that the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, an al Qaeda backed militant outfit which has staged major violent attacks in Xinjiang and other parts of China, is a common enemy of the two countries and Pakistan will spare no efforts to crack down on it.
Gen Sharif’s visit comes in the immediate backdrop of recent multiple bomb attacks in Xinjiang’s provincial capital Urumqi in which 43 people were killed 94 injured.
In his meeting with Gen Sharif, Meng, head of the commission for political and legal affairs of the Communist Party of China, also pledged to strengthen cooperation against terrorism and protect the security of Chinese personnel and institutions in Pakistan. State Councillor and Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun also attended the meeting. Gen Sharif also called on Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan.
Hailing the China-Pak cooperation between the law-enforcement agencies, Meng said: “China is willing to enhance cooperation with Pakistan in combating terrorism to protect the security of Chinese personnel and institutions in Pakistan and maintain national and regional security and stability.”
Gen Sharif promised a continued crackdown on terrorism in Pakistan and protection for the Chinese personnel and institutions engaged in building the Pakistan-China economic corridor, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.