Friday, March 30, 2012

China Points Finger at Pakistan Again

CPAKISTANcpakistanBEIJING—A senior Chinese official on Wednesday alleged that some Uighur militants in northwestern China have deep-seated ties to Pakistan-based terror groups, reviving an accusation that could put strains on the relationship between Beijing and its most important regional ally. Nur Bekri, the top government official in China's northwestern Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, said Chinese officials believe the Pakistani government opposes recent attacks directed at China. Nonetheless, the unusually explicit comments during a high-profile legislative session suggest growing concern over Islamabad's inability to fight terrorism.
At the same time, accusations by Chinese officials over Xinjiang militants' ties to Pakistan echo claims by India and Afghanistan, which have both criticized Pakistan for failing to take aggressive enough action against terrorist groups there.

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