Fight terrorism with Pakistan

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  1. aimarraul

    aimarraul Regular Member

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    Fight terrorism with Pakistan

    Updated: 2011-08-12 08:05By Han Hua (China Daily)

    The terrorist attacks in Kashgar on July 30 and 31 that left at least 20 people dead have prompted the media to conjecture that not all might be good with Sino-Pakistani relations.

    Perhaps a statement issued by Kashgar authorities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region made the media give a "spin" to the news. The statement said the leader of the rioters had received arms and explosives training in Pakistan-based camps of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (or ETIM).

    The media saw the statement as unusual, for China has rarely pointed a finger at Pakistan, its time-tested neighbor and friend. The accusation was all the more striking because Pakistan, whose ties with the United States have suffered a setback since the death of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, has been trying to consolidate relations with China.

    One media report even said that the statement "could hint at growing Chinese impatience with Pakistan's inability to control radical groups operating within its borders" and that the "Xinjiang violence may strain China-Pakistan relations". A section of the Western media went further, saying Pakistan would be making a mistake by relying too much on China to "get even" with the US.

    It's not unusual for some media outlets to try to drive a wedge between China and Pakistan. On the other hand, others try to prove that Beijing and Islamabad are forming an alliance against Washington to take advantage of the financial and other crises that the US is facing. But such speculations are unfounded, even ridiculous, because China has reiterated that it will never join an alliance against another country or group .

    Though it was unusual for China to say that the Kashgar rioters had received training in Pakistan-based ETIM camps and terrorists' activities in Xinjiang are a cause for concern, only the shortsighted would prophesy a rift between Beijing and Islamabad and overlook the solidity of Sino-Pakistani partnership.

    Sino-Pakistani relations have weathered many a storm and are still going strong because they are based on mutual trust and common interests. To say that China earlier didn't know about ETIM activists receiving training in Pakistan-based camps or the ETIM-Al-Qaida connection would be amateurish.

    China has known these facts and Pakistan has been cooperating with it in the fight against terrorism. In fact, Pakistan has handed over some Uygur separatists to China. The decade-long cooperation between China and Pakistan against terrorism cannot be easily broken, either by the latest Kashgar attacks or by some media outlets' designs. Keen observers could not have missed China's instant response to the attacks in Kashgar, in which the Foreign Ministry reaffirmed Pakistan as China's "firm partner against terror and religious extremism".

    Besides, within hours of the Kashgar authorities' statement, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson promised "full cooperation" to China to weed out terrorists from Pakistan. And the chief of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence visited Beijing recently, during which he must have discussed anti-terrorism and anti-separatism issues with Chinese officials.

    But the Xinjiang attacks do reflect the spread of terrorism to China's frontier region, especially Xinjiang, since 2008, which China and Pakistan have to deal with urgently. Terrorist attacks in Xinjiang have increased in recent years as reflected by the several explosions in Kuqa county of Xinjiang in 2008, the death of 197 people and injury to more than 1,700 in the early July 2009 riots in Urumqi, the death of four people in a terrorist raid on a police station in Hotan in July this year, and the latest attacks in Kashgar.

    Xinjiang is a strategically important region in northwest China. As China's neighbor adjoining Xinjiang and a country sharing a border with Afghanistan where Al-Qaida and Taliban have wreaked havoc, Pakistan is an important partner in China's war against terrorism. So cooperation in the fight against terrorism should be high on the Sino-Pakistani agenda.

    After the Kashgar attacks, some media reports interpreted the local authorities' statement as a sign of China finally joining the "chorus of two of Pakistan's other neighbors, India and Afghanistan", that Islamabad has failed to demolish militants' camps on its soil.

    But such accusations are not conducive to rooting out terrorism from the region. After all, like the US, India and China, Pakistan is also a victim of terrorism and the Pakistani government has shown its determination to fight terrorism. Osama bin Laden may be dead and NATO forces may have begun withdrawing from Afghanistan, but terrorism is far from being eliminated. That's why it is all the important to work with Pakistan to root out terrorism.

    The author is an associate professor of international studies at Peking University.
     
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  3. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    why is China allowed to weed out terrorism in Pakistan and USA and India are not?? China has not spent one penny while USA has spent over 35 billion to Pakistan in WOT.
     
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    The very fact that Chinese state media made this news public (i.e terrorists were from Pak) means Pakistan has started to export a generous amount of jihad to Xinjiang. It might even reach 'critical mass' soon
     
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    This simply shows CCP regards its imperialistic interests of more value than the lives of its citizens...
     
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    USA will not let an opportunity like this go.
     
  7. Yusuf

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    The report is flawed. It talks of terrorism in Xinjiang when there is none over there except for CCP/state sponsored against people demanding freedom and their rights.
     
  8. Daredevil

    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

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    Fighting terrorism with Pakistan is like fighting terrorism alongside a suicide bomber.
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    What a typical "damage repair" article. The language shows it all. BTW aimarraul, no media said that Pakistani government encourages terrorism; just the reality that it has no control any longer on any terror group to actually either rein them in or unleash them on anyone. :lol:
     
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    Most of the terrorist training camps are in the AfPak border region beyond the control of the pak govt, army or isi...so china can forget about exercising any pressure on the pak govt.

    on the contrary the pak govt may ask for few things in kind and reassure china about controling things as far as the terror attacks in china!

    China can forget it!
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    Yeah of course. It would be interesting to see how China can pressure Pakistan when the latter is already engrossed in targeting TTP terrorist camps and sleeper cells wreaking havoc all across the LAND OF PURE. Not only that but also involved in WOT, living though the pressure of allowing drone strikes (they don't have an option here) and brutally crushing the Balochi freedom fight.

    With a collapsing economy, no social structure, fundamentalism on rise, terrorism out of control, a currency worth toilet paper in today's context etc, I wonder if Chinese pressure additionally would be of any benefit at all. Even if PLA wants to conduct operations in northern Pakistan and Khyber region, let's see how GOP reacts and complies.

    Chinese are not liberal financial donors... not even to their new sidekicks; that we've seen amply.
     
  12. A chauhan

    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    Lol i thought it's a joke when i read the title of the thread hahaha :D

    Fighting terrorism with Pakistan is like fighting against Beelzebubs and Mephistopheleses with Satan !!
     
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    Fight "Terrorism=Pakistan".
     
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