By Zia Ur Rehman
August 18, 2014
Pakistan and China have enjoyed friendly relations for six decades, but Beijing has now expressed concerns over links between Pakistan militants and the ethnic Uyghur Islamic militants belonging to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). Chinese authorities are said to be concerned about the presence of ETIM militants in Pakistani territory, where they say that fighters are being trained before they cross into Xinjiang to carry out attacks, as well as harming Chinese interests in Pakistan.
For a long time the U.S. and Afghanistan, and recently China, have been pressuring Pakistan to launch a military operation against local and foreign militant groups in its tribal areas. Finally, on June 15th 2014, Pakistan officially launched a fully fledged operation against various Taliban and international militant groups in North Waziristan. Analysts believe that, at the behest of China, the operation is mainly focused on ETIM and its allied Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
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