China to hike anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan

August 3rd, 2011 - 10:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 3 (IANS) China will step up its anti-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan to ensure regional peace and stability, Xinhua reported Wednesday.

“China and Pakistan have forged excellent cooperation in anti-terrorism,” Foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a press release, while vowing that China will continue to strengthen its cooperation with Pakistan and jointly crack down on the “three evil forces” of terrorism, separatism and extremism.

Praising the achievements that Pakistan has made in fighting terrorism thus far, the foreign ministry spokesman said the country is an important frontline state in the international fight against terrorism and has made outstanding contributions in the area.

On Monday, China had blamed terrorists trained in Pakistan for an attack in its far-western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region that left six people dead and 15 injured.

State-run Xinhua news agency stated a group of religious extremists led by “culprits trained in overseas terrorist camps” were behind the weekend attack on civilians in the Xinjiang region.

The initial probe has shown that the heads of the group had learned skills of making explosives and firearms in overseas camps of the terrorist group “East Turkistan Islamic Movement” (ETIM) in Pakistan before entering Xinjiang to organise terrorist activities, the government of Kashgar city said in an online statement.

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