China publicly voices concern over terror outfits operating from Pak areas

April 19th, 2008 - 2:32 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Apr 19 (ANI): In what is being described as the first instance when China has talked about difficulties in its relations with Pakistan, its ambassador in Islamabad said that Turkestan Islamic Movement, a militant separatist group in its Xinjiang province, which had links with al Qaeda, was operating from areas in Pakistan.

The Turkestan Islamic Movement is really sometimes active, very active from your areas, certain provinces, such forces we never say are happy about our brotherly relations, the Dawn quoted Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui as saying at a press briefing here. He said China wanted Pakistan to be aware of these disruptive elements.

Islamabad, Apr 19 (ANI): In what is being described as the first instance when China has talked about difficulties in its relations with Pakistan, its ambassador in Islamabad said that Turkestan Islamic Movement, a militant separatist group in its Xinjiang province, which had links with al Qaeda, was operating from areas in Pakistan.

The Turkestan Islamic Movement is really sometimes active, very active from your areas, certain provinces, such forces we never say are happy about our brotherly relations, the Dawn quoted Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui as saying at a press briefing here. He said China wanted Pakistan to be aware of these disruptive elements.

China characterises the Turkestan Islamic Movement as a terrorist group and suspects that it has links with Al Qaeda that has been providing training and funding to the militant movement. The ambassador said that the Chinese government realised that the people and the government of Pakistan were friends of China, but there were certain forces working inside Pakistan which could damage bilateral relations. However, he said he was optimistic that the two countries would be able to overcome these forces. No one can damage our bilateral relations, cooperation and traditional friendship. It is an all-weather friendship, he added. (ANI)

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