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Pakistan Assures China Over Waziristan Insurgents

Sept. 28 – Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Giliani yesterday pledged support to China in fighting Muslim insurgents aiming at creating a pan-Islamic state in Xinjiang. Giliani has been meeting in Islamabad with the Chinese Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu, who also met with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and General Khalis Shameem Wyne.

“We are true friends. China’s enemy is our enemy,” said Giliani. “We will extend full cooperation to China on security.”

This comes after China blamed Islamic terrorists based in Pakistan for carrying out attacks in Urumqi, Kashgar and Khotan recently. China stated that Pakistan-based camps had been training Uighur insurgents, suspected of being part of the banned East Turkestan Islamic Movement. The ETIM is a Waziri-based mujahedeen organization, with its stated goals being the independence of East Turkestan and the conversion of all Chinese people to Islam.

Some Pakistan officials have stated that they hope China can fill the diplomatic and economic role about to be vacated by the United States in light of its deteriorating relations with the country. Pakistan’s problem with fighting the Islamic groups operating against China is that they are based in Waziristan, a tribal area in Pakistan’s north, already heavily involved in the war in Afghanistan. Pakistan has troops based there, but has fallen short of attacking militants fearful of terrorist repercussions against Islamabad.

However, China may find itself under pressure to request strong action from Pakistan’s military should the situation in Xinjiang worsen as a result of terrorists from Waziristan continuing involvement with attacks in Xinjiang. The ETIM has claimed responsibility for over 200 acts of terrorism, resulting in at least 162 deaths and over 440 injuries. This could, it is thought, potentially suck China into a military involvement in the region and perhaps even within Afghanistan itself.

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4 Responses to Pakistan Assures China Over Waziristan Insurgents

  1. Girish says:

    As Pakistan has realized that its father like country who provided money and weapons for its survival is going to abandan it, Pakistan has very swiftly moved to new parent China from who it expects weapon, support in international community as well as protection from India and very importantly USA.
    It is interesting to see what will happen in future now and how China is going to handle its new child who is now known to be a bad boy. USA have used Pakistan for its fullest benifit so will China do the same. but it is unfortunate how foolish Pakistani policy makers are who have today made Pakistan a battle field for major countries to influx their muscles.

    I do not think US has enough bandwidth to take a headon with Pakistan after recent hot confrontations. But I am sure that the time has come to break Pakistan into smaller countries. This will help in weaking the powerful machiney of ISI who is now the head of global terrorism.

  2. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    @Girish – I think we now have to look at the unpleasant fact that the creation of Pakistan as a “modern Islamic state” in 1947 seems to have failed. It often does when modern ‘countries’ are forged out of more ancient tribal lines. Yugoslavia was another, and I’m sure if Jinnah was alive today he’d be deeply unhappy at the result of what he helped create. You’re correct about the ISI, and maybe the division of Pakistan into what were always different Provinces may be a solution. That would leave us with Balochistan, Sindh, The Punjab and Khyber/Baltistan. Kashmir would need resolving as well. Not easy. – Chris

  3. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    An as an aside, those wanting to read one of the best contemporary novels written, and a magical examination of the partition between India and Pakistan, Salman Rushdie’s “Midnights Children” remains a classic. It one the Booker of Bookers – meaning it is recognised as the best novel over the past 40 years. Give it a whirl, its a great read and hugely entertaining story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight's_Children
    - Chris

  4. Girish says:

    @Chris

    Well, as far as Kashmir is concern, it is a problem only if there is one Pakistan who has actually bind itself to Kashmir as one of its reason of existence and a life time goal of their nation. they have already wasted 67 years of their creation to get Kashmir in every possible way like wage direct wars and then proxy wars etc. But Kashmir is must peaceful now and they have a democratic government which is elected by Kashmiris and not by government of India. It is only the some seperatish who create trouble and that to because of their masters like ISI and the PAk Army. If there is no one Pakistan, then there national goal of getting Kashmir will disappear automatically. Infact the POK would like to join India as they already are second class portion of PAkistan and do not enjoy any development. Where as India part of Kashmir get more per capita development funding in entire India from the center and not to forget other silent constitutional benefits they enjoy. Kashmiries every well know if they do not see any future with India, they can obviously never have it with Pakistan and current state of POK is an example of it.
    Give 10o more years, let the Infrastructure improves in India and the bulk of tourism kick state, no will never want to be separated from India. Specially due to growing Chinese treat too in the region.
    Anyhow War and terrorism couldn;t separate Kashmir of relatively poor and weaker India. So now it is highly unlikely by any means, it can be ever separated from Stronger India specially when West will be India side in this century.

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