December 2001 News

China likely to urge Musharraf to rein in Kashmiri militants

16 December 2001
The Indian Express

Beijing: China, which has expressed shock over the terrorist attack on Parliament House, may urge Pakistan to rein in Kashmiri militants when President Pervez Musharraf visits Beijing on next Thursday, diplomatic sources in Beijing said. ''The Chinese leadership may urge Musharraf to rein in the Pakistan-based terrorist groups, who seem to be operating against the interests of Islamabad, especially after September 11,'' a diplomatic source told PTI. Musharraf is scheduled to make his first state visit to China from December 20 to 24, a week after militants allegedly belonging to Pakistan-based Jaish-e- Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba outfits launched an attack on Parliament House leaving 12 people dead, including the assailants. ''We were shocked at the attack that occurred on December 13 in the Parliament House in New Delhi. The Chinese government is always opposed to and condemns any form of terrorist act,'' the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in its strongest statement yet on terrorist acts against India. The sources said China is aware of Pakistan''s ''double game'' - supporting terrorism in Kashmir while claiming to be the ''frontline state'' in US-led war against terror. During the first India-China dialogue on terrorism last month, New Delhi had expressed concern over the continuing Pakistani support to terrorist acts in Kashmir and other parts of the country. China had also briefed the Indian side, for the first time, about ''anti-China'' activities of the ''East Turkistan'' forces in north-west China''s Xinjiang region.


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