Islamabad: Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman
Malik on Tuesday pledged to crack down against Chinese militants
hiding in the country`s restive tribal belt, saying China`s
enemy was an enemy of his country.
"Anybody whoever is the enemy of China is the enemy of
Pakistan," Malik told reporters after a meeting with visiting
Chinese Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu.
Islamabad will provide complete support to Beijing in
combating Uzbek terrorists and other militant groups trying to
spread extremism in China, he said.
Malik said strict action will be taken against such
elements once Pakistan gets information.
"We will strike very hard against them," he said.
Pakistan`s show of support came as Meng visited the
country at a time of growing tensions with the US over
allegations that the Inter-Services Intelligence supports
Afghan militants based in Pakistan`s tribal belt.
Some Pakistani officials believe China can fill the
diplomatic and economic void created by the strained ties with
Meng reiterated his country`s support for Pakistan and
announced that Beijing will provide eight million yuan to
Pakistani law enforcement agencies to boost their
The two sides also discussed cooperating in tackling
narcotics and human trafficking.
Islamist militants from China`s western Xinjiang region
have trained and fought alongside al Qaeda and the Taliban in
Pakistan`s restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
Most of the Chinese militants are believed to be holed up
in North Waziristan tribal area, where Pakistan has so far
refused to launch a military offensive despite US pressure.
Malik recently said Pakistan had killed or extradited
several Chinese militants but did not give details.