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Beijing believes Xinjiang’s terror group ETIM’s terrorist reached Pak soil

Days after a grenade attack at a key Pakistan port for Chinese project injured at least 38, China has now asked its ally to step up security for the newly-appointed Chinese ambassador in Islamabad. The Chinese concern over the safety of its envoy came after a terrorist outfit issued life threats against him.

In an October 19 letter to the Pakistan’s interior ministry, the Chinese embassy, mentioned that a member of the banned terror group East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) had infiltrated into the Pakistan soil to assassinate its diplomat.

Local media reports said that the letter to Islamabad was written by Ping Ying Fi, the focal person for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).  Reportedly, Fi sought enhanced protection for the ambassador and other Chinese workers in the country. Furthermore, Fi shared the passport related information of the suspected militant identified as Abdul Wali and demanded his immediate arrest.

However, both the Chinese Embassy and Pakistan’s Interior Ministry have refused to comment on the matter. The economic corridor between Pakistan and China will connect China’s Xinjiang with Pakistan’s seaport Gwadar, through rail, road and pipeline. Interestingly, ETIM, the terror outfit which allegedly sent a militant to execute the Chinese ambassador, operates from the Xinjiang region.

On Thursday, two grenade blasts have rocked Pakistan’s restive south-western province of Baluchistan, injuring at least 38 people. The twin blasts took place within minutes of each other in the Mastung and Gwadar districts.

These attacks have raised concern about security for the Pakistani section of China’s One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). India has raised objections against CPEC because it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Separatists in Baluchistan, who are opposed to the unfair exploitation of the province’s abundant resources, have targeted energy and infrastructure projects, including Gwadar port in the past as well. Security officials have alleged that the militants were trying to disrupt the CPEC project. More than 50 workers have been killed in the disruptive activities since 2014.

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