Would continue anti-terror cooperation: Pak tells China

Beijing has in recent years conveyed to Islamabad its concerns about the activities of ETIM operatives based in Pakistan`s restive tribal belt.

Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 00:09 AM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday assured China
that it would continue anti-terrorism cooperation with it,
particularly efforts to tackle activities of the East
Turkistan Islamic Movement whose operatives are believed to be
active in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani conveyed the
assurance during a meeting with Ai Ping, Vice Minister of the
International Department of the Communist Party of China.

Pakistan will "persist in its anti-terrorism
cooperation with, China particularly with regard to the ETIM",
Gilani told the visiting Chinese leader.=
He reiterated the Pakistan government`s continued
support to the "one China policy", Chinese reunification with
Taiwan and the Chinese government`s efforts to safeguard its
sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Pakistan considers Tibet an integral part of China, he
added.

Beijing has in recent years conveyed to Islamabad its
concerns about the activities of ETIM operatives based in
Pakistan`s restive tribal belt.

ETIM is a militant group fighting for an independent
state in China`s Xinjiang province that is believed to have
close links with Al Qaida and other militant groups based in
the tribal region.

Pakistani authorities have claimed to have killed
several ETIM leaders and members in recent years.

Ai Ping thanked the Pakistan government for its
continued support to China on the Taiwan, Tibet and ETIM
issues and agreed with Gilani that the "excellent
state-to-state and party-to-party ties should be translated
into fostering even stronger economic, trade, investment,
defence and social ties between the two countries".

Gilani expressed satisfaction at ongoing cooperation
between the two countries at international forums and said
Pakistan and China had "identical positions on most of
regional and international issues" and should strengthen their
coordination and cooperation at the UN.

Pakistan and China are observing 2011 as the 60th
anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations
through a series of year-long events.

Gilani is expected to visit China in the middle of the
year and the Chinese President will travel to Pakistan in the
latter half of the year.

PTI