Analysts see Pakistan terror links to Xinjiang attack

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    Officials on Wednesday said this week's attack on a police station in China's far western Xinjiang region had been “masterminded” by terrorist groups, while security analysts here suggested separatist groups active in Pakistan had a role in the violence.

    Officials raised the death toll from Monday's attack in Hotan, a city in southern Xinjiang, to 18. While police shot down 14 “rioters”, four others, including two women, were killed in the attack.

    Hou Hanmin, the head of the regional information office in Hotan, told The Hindu in a telephone interview that the attackers were “organised”, and armed with knives and grenades.

    The rioters had entered a nearby government office before attacking and setting fire to a police station. They had taken six hostages before the police shot 14 of the 18 reported attackers, according to official accounts.

    “They held up a banner calling for ‘holy war',” said Ms. Hou. “The attack was brutal and ruthless. This was clearly an attack masterminded by terrorist groups.”

    Xinjiang has seen intermittent unrest with clashes between the local Uighur ethnic group and the increasing number of Han Chinese, the country's majority ethnic group, who have migrated to the region in recent years. The government has, in the past, blamed Uighur separatist groups for the clashes, though many Uighurs say tensions had been driven by rising inequalities between the groups.

    On Wednesday, government-run newspapers quoted terrorism experts as saying the attacks were carried out by separatists, likely linked to terror groups active in Pakistan. Xinjiang shares a border with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

    “Located in the southern part of Xinjiang, Hotan is close to the border with Pakistan. Due to their affinity in religion and language, some Uighur residents there are at risk of being influenced by terrorist groups such as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM),” Pan Zhiping, director of the Institute of Central Asia at the Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences, told the Communist Party-run Global Times.

    He said Hotan “appears prone to the influence of terrorism that has penetrated the country from overseas”.

    Li Wei, an anti-terrorism expert with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), told the same newspaper that “signs have shown that the rioters were greatly influenced by overseas terrorist organisations”.

    The East Turkestan separatist movement was “very active on the soil of Pakistan”, Zhao Gancheng, a South Asia scholar at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, told The Hindu. But China and Pakistan, he said, had kept “good communications on this issue”.

    Ms. Hou said the investigation was “on-going”. The national counter-terrorism office had dispatched a working team to Hotan.

    “There is no sign that this incident is linked to any Pakistan-based terrorist groups,” she said.

    But overseas Uighur groups questioned the government's version of events. An exiled Uighur group called the World Uyghur Congress said on Wednesday this week's clash was sparked by a protest by local residents who had called on the police to release information about their missing relatives, believed to be in police custody.

    Ms. Hou, however, said there had been no protest earlier this week.

    She rejected reports that the attack was an ethnic conflict. “Both Han and Uighur people were hurt,” she said. An Uighur security guard and an Uighur police officer were among those killed by the attackers.

    “This was not a clash between ethnic groups, and has done enormous damage to the local community.”

    Many Uighur groups have, in the past, accused the government of portraying local protests and ethnic unrest as being driven by separatist groups in order to justify security clampdowns.

    In 2009, the government blamed overseas groups for orchestrating ethnic riots between Uighurs and Han Chinese in the city of Urumqi, which left more than 197 people dead. However, dozens of the city's residents, in interviews with The Hindu last year, blamed long-standing distrust between both ethnic groups, driven by increasing migration and rising inequalities, as sparking ethnic tensions.

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    This news made my day!!!
     
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    China finally ready to admit Pak's role in Xinjiang violence

    BEIJING: A Chinese government think-tank has finally broken the deafening silence about the role of Pakistan in the continuous spate of violence in China's western province of Xinjiang. There are indications Beijing will now exert pressure on Islamabad to come clean about the support being given to anti-China forces from inside Pakistan.

    The think-tank, the Institute of Central Asia at the Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences, has pointed the finger at Pakistan as the source of violence. This is is something both Chinese officials and anti-China bodies like World Uighur Congress always avoid doing.

    The violence in Hotan, which is next door from the Pakistan border, left nearly 20 dead on Monday, it is now being revealed. The incident showed that Communist Party of China's close relationship with the Jamat-e-Islami and its protective attitude towards Pakistan have both failed to insulate Xinjiang from separatist violence.

    "Located in the southern part of Xinjiang, Hotan is close to the border with Pakistan. Due to their affinity in religion and language, some Uyghur residents there are at risk of being influenced by terrorist groups such as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement," Pan Zhiping, director of the Institute was quoted in the State run Global Times as saying.

    An anti-terrorism expert, Li Wei, alluded to Pakistan without specifically mentioning it.

    "Signs have shown that the rioters were greatly influenced by overseas terrorist organizations. They adopted a complicated approach to the attack and sought to amplify fears among the public," Li, who works for the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, said.

    The World Uighur Congress may have good reasons for not mentioning Pakistan, because the country provides agitating Uighurs a training base and regular supply of arms to fight the Chinese authorities.

    But Chinese officials try to keep Pakistan out of the controversy because it is desperately enlisting the support of the military and political establishment in that country to pin down the militants.

    "The see-saw battle has given a special kind of power over China. But it has to live with it for the time being," a researcher said while requesting anonymity.

    Pan said over 90 percent of its residents in Hotan are from minority Uyghur ethnicity, Hotan appears prone to the influence of terrorism that has penetrated the country from overseas, and that would result in religion being used as a tool to instigate separatist activities and violence, he said.

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    Yusuf, I am sure this is not a tube light moment for you, this was getting said here from a long time, those who support terrorism, will definitely get the taste of it. UK is already got taste of the medicine, US is getting it, it's turn of the China, I am sure Saudis are going to get a taste of it soon.

    This is going to be interesting to watch what happens to taller then ocean and deeper the mountain freindship
     
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    A small correction - taller than mountain & deeper than ocean, if you were not being sarcastic. :D

    If you were, then please click on Like button below this post.
     
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    Ha ha ha ha ha.......Suck on this China.
     
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    No, I am not going to click it :D

    Yes I was being sarcastic, but this instance goes on to show how short term benefits gets precedence for long term mess
     
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    Nitesh Saar, I am not shrouded at the news. Just that it has started to come out in the open is good news.

    Some blasts in China linked to terrorists in Pakistan would be welcome. Call me sadistic, but then why should we be the only ones to suffer.
     
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    Folks here like to associate the pakistaini terrorists with the pakistani government, even though most of them know that is not true. The reality is quite the opposite as the pakistani state has been targeted by the muslim radicals more than anyone else, and it is exactly the pakistani governement that has been keeping the terrorists/radicals in check. China, as US and many others, support the pakistani state not the extremists there. There is no conflict between going after the terrorists hard and lending a hand to the pakistani government who has, throughout the decades, been one of the most trustworthy friends to China, and who unlike its counterpart to the south, do not view China with an antagonistic attitude and do not harbour anti-china bigots such as Dalai Lama.
     
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    Has anyone claimed responsibility?

    Is it someone else who wants to disturb our holy friendship?

    RAW & MOSSAD are evils I tell you guys! :D
     
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    even though a lot of us are getting excited here but in no way has china implicated the pakistani army or their government. they say separatists based out of pakistan, and while saying that the fingers are not pointed on the official sources or the rouge elements in ISI.

    chinese are going by the usual rhetoric of pakistanis and blaming the non-state actors and nothing more.

    but anyways, which ever way, they are getting a taste of the best known export of their best friend, but the good thing is when chinese tell pakistanis to clamp down hard on something they very well do it, and if i am not mistaken, the lal masjid clamp down happened only after musharraf was told by the chinese to do a clean up and it was only after this incident that terror started biting the very hand which had fed them till then, so if chinese want another clamp down and directly in some ways involves more terror organizations than the ttp and people from uighur in pakistan, then all the more better.

    since the chinese and their army are already in pakistan, how about they join hands with the PA on ground and do the clean up act, but then the chinese are a lot more smarter than that.
     
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    Tony we want you to continue to live in this frame of mind till some bombs explode in Beijing and Shanghai.
     
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    Yeah Tony,
    We all are victims of terrorism. GOP is indeed innocent & is doing excellent job.

    :namaste:
     
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    You dont understand anything then, Pakistan is friends with you only because you both hate India. "Enemy of your enemy is your friend" is a good proverb only as long as the common enemy is a threat. In foreign relations there is no such thing as friendship only mutual interests as they say. Pakistan is friend of China also because they have no other options, US wont supply weapons to Pak to use against India any more, Russia wont supply weapons either, they are pals with China only out of desperation. If India was not part of Asia then Pakistan would have been your arch enemy supporting the Uygurs.

    Their ideology is to fight for Islam be it against America, India or even China. Pakistan was a close friend of US long before China was but we all know how it betrays the US time and again. For a Muslims and Uygur muslim is his brother and that is why the fanatic muslims inside ISI support the Uygurs against China. All this wont sink into you now anyway.

    You compare India supporting Dalia Lama to Pakistan supporting violent terrorists, then your out of your mind.
     
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    Yusuf saar, there is nothing sadistic about your line of thought, China is one of the country which supported terrorism against us by saving pakistan. It is good that they are getting taste of what we were going through.
     
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    In South Xinjiang Uigurs is a majority overwhelmingly. Among those who were killed by terrorists was a Uigur policeman. Not really a clash btwn Uigurs and Hans - what Mujahideens want is a 'pure' Islamic state without Hans, Mans or even Huis (Muslim too). Such riots happened again and again historically and in 1920-40's even got supported by Soviet Union (Red Army was directly involved) in addition to Turkey. It's really a fiasco of CCP's appeasing policies since 1979 reform including encouraging 'indigenous' culture instead of enforcing Mandarin/secular education, and allowing Saudi and Kuwait to fund Mosques. The government must get really heavy handed against terrorism under whatever flags. Or many more Hotans will be made Grozny.

    In many cities there're Uigur peddlers... Recently I saw one Uigur roll out a carpet and get on his knees praying on sidewalks. And in a Moslem restaurant the owner was chanting Koran loudly... Women wearing turbans... I used to regard such phenomena as natural of pluralism... But we really need to get wary now of religious extremism creeping into their minds poisoning our lives even in coastal areas.

    As for Pakistan connection in this incident so far only Indian media has alleged so. It's still subject to further identification
     
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    Hehe !Nice news, Muslims are present there @ 1-2% of China's population, let them increase it. I am sure one day China will become a victim of Jihaad secretly supported by Pakistan.
     
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    ^^
    The Hindu has sighted Chinese sources
     
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    The Hindu has sighted Chinese sources
     

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