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December 8, 2014

Chinese president’s visit being rescheduled

 
December 8, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China have started finding out ways to reschedule the visit of President Xi Jingping which was postponed in August this year due to political unrest triggered by the anti-government protests, sources told The News here on Sunday.
A Chinese delegation, headed by Chinese State Councilor and Minister for Public Security Guo Shengkun, is visiting Pakistan to reschedule the Chinese president’s visit and share the views about the growing threats to Chinese interests by four terror outfits operating in Pakistan.
A senior official confided to this correspondent that the visit of the Chinese president is apparently not possible before next June but the Chinese high officials held a detailed discussion with President Mamnoon Hussain and the military establishment to formulate short-term and long-term counter terrorism strategies.
The sources said, “The Chinese officials have pointed out four organisations that according to them are planning to target Chinese interests in various cities of Pakistan including East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al Qaeda and a banned Sindhi separatist group Sindhu Desh Liberation Army (SDLA).”
The sources said some 12,000 Chinese experts, engineers and technicians are working on about 120 projects in different parts of Pakistan including the economic corridor between Pakistan and China, the largest nuclear power plant in Karachi, and a China-based cell phone company’s 4G operations.
In his discussion with President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday at the President House that was not made public for some reasons, Chinese Minister for Public Security Guo Shengkun underlined that Etim is one of the major challenges for both the countries and it is necessary to deal with this issue correctly to bring the mutual and friendly relationship to a new level. Farooq Adil, media consultant to Mamnoon Hussain, said “I cannot offer any comments on this issue.”
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to reports, Etim-linked militants have been operating in the Pakistani tribal areas since 2009. It has lost a number of its leaders in US drone strikes or attacks by the Pakistani security forces in North Waziristan.
The reports said chief of Etim Hassan Mashom was killed by Pakistani troops in 2003 while his successor, Abdul Haq Turkistani, was killed in a drone attack in Mir Ali in May 2010. Abdul Shakoor Turkistani, who had replaced Abdul Haq and was killed in a US drone attack on his training camp in Shawal Valley of North Waziristan in August 2012, was also the al Qaeda chief for the Fata region of Pakistan.
The sources said Sindhi nationalist group is against the Chinese government’s large-scale investment in the proposed city of Zulfiqarabad in Thatta district that according to it would turn the Sindhi people into a minority in their own province.

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