China urges Pakistan to act against TIM militants: Report

Published: May 31, 2012
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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi says TIM are operating from Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi says TIM are operating from Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

China has urged Pakistan to take effective measures to stop the activities of East Turkistan Islamic Movement (TIM) militants present in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), reported BBC Urdu on Thursday.

According to the report, the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi currently visiting Pakistan said that it was their belief that militants belonging to the TIM are influencing the Chinese province Xinjiang, which has a Muslim majority population.

Xinjiang, which is home to the Uighur Muslims, has faced increased terrorist activities in recent years, inviting a crackdown by Chinese forces. The restive province which shares a border with Pakistan, has been under heavy security since July 2009, when the Uighurs launched attacks on Han people in the regional capital Urumqi.

Sources within the Chinese Foreign Ministry, on condition of anonymity, told BBC that Chinese officials discussed the matter with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari along with other officials during several meetings, where the Pakistani foreign secretary was also summoned.

The BBC Urdu report added that most of those belonging to the TIM have taken refuge in Pakistan’s tribal areas, from where they cross the border into China after receiving training.

Jiechi is also due to meet with Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Thursday to discuss the situation further.

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Reader Comments (40)

  • adeel759
    May 31, 2012 - 7:57PM

    Masha Allah………..now, made in china ”Do More”.

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  • Elhaan Khan
    May 31, 2012 - 8:03PM

    Hahahahaha. Now Imran Khan will stage dharna against China!

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  • Pro Bono Publico
    May 31, 2012 - 8:15PM

    @adeel759:
    China has been in occupation of this Turkic Muslim land, denying the population the right to live as Muslims.

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  • Imran Con
    May 31, 2012 - 8:20PM

    @Pro Bono Publico:
    How is that a reply to what he said?

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  • Pungi
    May 31, 2012 - 8:25PM

    A competent leadership can solve all these problems.. Pakistanis need to use their vote wisely instead of voting for the deads..!

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  • Romm
    May 31, 2012 - 8:29PM

    another mockery initiated by ET.

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  • Pungi
    May 31, 2012 - 8:32PM

    @Elhaan Khan… Imran Khan has never supported militancy… perhaps his method to tackle militancy passes over your head..

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  • Batman
    May 31, 2012 - 8:52PM

    “reported BBC Urdu” stopped reading right there. Need a better source

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  • True Muslim Paki
    May 31, 2012 - 9:00PM

    Very Strangely, ET makes it point not posting Pakistani postings but will allow comments of Indians. ET, if you are Pakistani, atleast allow our comments. If you notice, 70% of comments are by indians, and 10-15% of comments are posted by Indians in Pakistani names.
    Any comment by us, in support of muslims anywhere in the world will promptly be “Moderated”, but any comments by non-muslims/muslims cricitizing muslims will not be. Shame

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  • Muzaffar
    May 31, 2012 - 9:09PM

    @Elhaan Khan: these militants are created because of the social injustice, poverty, lack of education and unemployment in our society since have never voted for a decent person like Imran Khan and instead voted for corrupt parties like PPP and PML(N) who have their own vested interests. Kindly vote responsibly this time.Recommend

  • Asad
    May 31, 2012 - 9:53PM

    @True Muslim Paki: No its not that ET is not publishing comments from Pakistanis its just that Pakistanis are busy with their life stop by here read the news and move on. Where as obsessed Indian spend all day long trolling pakistani news sites and keep posting irrelevant and absurd comments.

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  • malik
    May 31, 2012 - 10:08PM

    Mr Yang Jiechi ….where is the evidence ?

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  • Sonya
    May 31, 2012 - 10:19PM

    ET’s policy on posting comments have changed – looks yellowishly dubious to me… no point of visiting the website.

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  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    May 31, 2012 - 11:08PM

    A divisive tactics. Western press has never liked all-weather pakistan-china relations and spare no time to create mis-understanding between the two countries. BBC is no exception in this attempt to bedevil china’s relations with pakistan. No government in pakistan can afford to give china any cause to complain in this respect. However, the government should look into the reported complaint of china. LONG LIVE PAK-CHINA FRIENDSHIP.

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  • butt jee
    May 31, 2012 - 11:16PM

    We already have our hands full with all sorts of problems. Let us not be bothered about the rights of Muslims in Sinkiang and help china in curbing terrorism, in what ever possible manner we can do.

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  • Truthbetold
    May 31, 2012 - 11:39PM

    China has been oppressing and committing mass genocides on its Uighur Muslim and Tibetan populations for decades. China forcefully occupied their land where they have lived for thousands of years. It will be a shame if Pakistan helps crack the just Uighur freedom movement while at that same calling for freedom for the Kashmiris. Isn’t this opportunistic and hypocritical double-standard?

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 31, 2012 - 11:57PM

    If this news is correct then something proper needs to be done. China is our all weather and reliable friend.Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Its only a matter of time before the Mullahs of Pakistan cause our all-weather friend and brotherly nation China pain :(

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  • Malik Hamza
    Jun 1, 2012 - 1:22AM

    joo hukam aka :)

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  • Mahakaalchakra
    Jun 1, 2012 - 3:28AM

    @True Muslim Paki:

    On an average ET chooses not to publish more than half of my posts. What is wrong with you guys? Can’t handle healthy criticism? Or you have no answer to the points raised by others? Are you running short of counter-arguments?

    Chill out and enjoy the forum.

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  • realist
    Jun 1, 2012 - 4:16AM

    So that is why Chinese FM visited Pak….

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  • Hassan
    Jun 1, 2012 - 5:53AM

    These mullah and their agents want to destroy pakistan and make sure china also turns against pakistan. Thats why they support TIM and ignore the whole world’s fingerpointing.

    The fact is that until these mullahs and their agents are destroyed and eliminated, they will continue to work on destroying the only friendship pakistan has remaining – pak china friendship.

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  • Masawi khan
    Jun 1, 2012 - 7:04AM

    well pakistan is denying pakistanis to live as muslims/humans and Pakistan government needs to first DO MORE for its people.
    :)

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  • kapt slim
    Jun 1, 2012 - 8:12AM

    Soon this world will boycott us.

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  • Jun 1, 2012 - 8:25AM

    @Abdul Rahman Khan:

    You said this is not true, BBC is spreading lies.

    But, even Chinese media have reported this before. As you know the strictly controlled media in China doesn’t just print stuff like this without approval.

    http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2012/03/07/chinese-official-xinjiang-militants-have-ties-to-pakistan-groups/

    Why blame the BBC, which is known for its honest reporting? You are so bent on making the bogey man of the West that you don’t even care of verifying before accusing any Western entity.

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  • Kakarie
    Jun 1, 2012 - 8:42AM

    Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam. So it is its sacred duty to support all the muslim freedom movements world over. It will be betryal of the soul of Quaid Azam Jinah if we do not support the East Turkistan Freerdom movements. Its goes directly opposite to the idealogy of Pakistan. We can even take support from CIA & west to help our muslim brothers in China. Besides this is the only we can do to stay relevant in the world affairs. It is time for Pakistani nationalist to change their mind about the all weather freind or whatever it is(ajooj majooj).

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  • Was A Paki
    Jun 1, 2012 - 8:52AM

    And now Pakistan has lowered its sale price dramatically. With West & Arab world about to turn their faces from us we will be only left with China which also is not happy but will help us because it will be getting a country worth 100s of billions in just few billion…. China of today is not China we in Pakistan think of… if it doesnt make financial sense they wont help us and if it does they will ensure they reap the benefit so gone are the days of Western imperialism which we will find out was not so bad when we are under Chinese imperialism. Go and ask our acquaintances in Africa and how they are bleeding Zambia and other countries.

    Welcome the world of isolation…. Recommend

  • SouthEastAsian
    Jun 1, 2012 - 9:29AM

    Pakistan is the source of trouble for the entire region. Every time another nation says “do more”, Pakistan does even less. But it never stopped the authorities from playing the victim. How long with the “All-Weather” friend tolerate Pakistan?

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  • SouthEastAsian
    Jun 1, 2012 - 9:32AM

    @True Muslim Paki: Has it occurred to you that maybe ET is trying to present the truth without fear or favour? It is not the job of the media to be partisan.

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  • ahmer
    Jun 1, 2012 - 9:35AM

    You reap what you sow…..maybe this is also strategic depth…..somewhere…..

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  • Dark Knight
    Jun 1, 2012 - 10:45AM

    So China urges world to recognize Pakistan’s effort and urges Pakistan to take care of TIM. Indeed India is surrounded by interestingly hypocrite neighbors.

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  • Chinese Bhel
    Jun 1, 2012 - 10:54AM

    In 70s western countries negotiated with Hezbollah that they will let their crimes against Israel go unheeded as far as they promise not to harm any western countries. They only broke of the ties when the militants started biting western countries. China is no exception, right now it is enjoying and supporting Pakistan since it believes Pakistani militants will only attack it’s strategic enemy India. But soon it will realize as western nations did that just because the neighbor is in trouble do not start thinking you are safe, terrorism has no boundaries, any form of encouragement and it will spread everywhere. This is just beginning, soon the old weather friend China will start sending drones and finally as Pakistan deserves, it will be left without any allies. Clap Clap!!

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  • All weather pain
    Jun 1, 2012 - 10:57AM

    It will be interesting to see what Pakistan will do if China found any link of TIM with Hafeez and Co.

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  • butt jee
    Jun 1, 2012 - 12:34PM

    @Truthbetold:
    Kashmiri Muslims are struggling against Indian rule for accession with Pakistan. Kashmir, on the basis of principle of partition should have been part of Pakistan. United Nations through its resolution in 1948, had given the right of plebiscite to the people of Kashmir which is being denied by India by force. The Kashmir issue is therefore Pakistan’s own issue. On the other hand the issue of Uighur Muslims is China’s internal issue and we have no business to interfere in China’s internal affairs.

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  • Salman
    Jun 1, 2012 - 8:47PM

    No such news any where in any Pakistani media out other then E.T. I thought ET used to a good, decent and balance forum an year back but now it is loosing its creditably

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  • Truthbetold
    Jun 2, 2012 - 10:06AM

    @butt jee:

    I tried to post a reply to your points, but the moderators haven’t posted that for reasons unknown to me. My reply to you was based on factual counterpoints. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 2, 2012 - 11:34AM

    @Pungi:
    Perhaps his method is like an undirected bouncer without hitting the stumps of militancy!

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  • Jun 2, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @butt jee:
    Uighur Muslims is China’s internal issue Then why we support Palestine? Why not have diplomatic relations with Israel? Time to stop double games.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 3, 2012 - 11:10AM

    Now China made ”do more ” . Pakistan came in to existance for propagating Islam world over .

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  • Jun 3, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Pakistan was created to sacrifice itself for the sake world Muslims.

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