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Act against Islamist militants: China to Pak

world Updated: Apr 09, 2009 14:17 IST
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China has underlined the need for Islamabad to take action against Islamist militants who may be be plotting attacks inside the Communist nation from Pakistan's restive tribal areas, a news report has said.

In two meetings over recent months, senior Chinese officials have warned the Pakistani government about the threat.Chinese officials have told President Asif Ali Zardari's government that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (Etim), a separatist group originally from Xinjiang province, was plotting attacks into the communist nation from inside Pakistan's tribal areas, which has become a haven for Islamist terrorists, the Independent newspaper reported.

Xinjiang, a vast area that borders Central Asia, has about 8.3 million Uighurs, and many of them say they have for decades suffered under Chinese political and religious persecution.Chinese officials revealed details of the meetings to prominent Pakistani politician Mushahid Hussain.

"They told me that the Etim has its military headquarters in [the tribal areas] and is planning to attack China on the 60th anniversary celebration of the communist revolution in October," Hussain was quoted as saying by the British daily.