Source: Agencies22 Jul 2016 14:20:07
Xinxiang, July 22: After taking notice of the report that about 100 people fled the Xinjiang region to join Terror group ISIS, the Chinese army along with Pakistan army conducted joint patrol in the area. A Chinese frontier defense regiment of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along with Border police force from Pakistan carried out a joint patrol along the China-Pakistan border.
The action comes after a US report which claimed that due to inappropriate religious policies of China in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region; more than hundred people have fled to join the terror group Islamic State. The report by Washington-based think tank ‘New America Foundation’ claimed that China’s control over religious activities in northwestern Region could be a push factor driving people to leave the country and look elsewhere for a sense of belonging.
“Of the more than 3,500 foreigners recruited to join ISIS, the report stated that 114 came from Xinjiang, making the region the fifth largest contributor”, the report cited. China had maintained that Muslims were being radicalised in Xinjiang by separatist militant group East Turkistan Islamic Movement, which has its military bases in Pakistan.
The border in Xinxiang which is considered as the China-Pakistan border by China is actually the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir region which is officially the integral part of Indian Territory. Pakistan has repeatedly dismissed reports of the presence of Chinese troops in PoK. These reports had suggested the troops were deployed in the region to protect infrastructure projects funded by China and Chinese personnel working on them.
Work is currently underway on the flagship $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project which will cut through PoK to connect Xinjiang to Gwadar port in Balochistan. CPEC is expected to connect both countries through roads, railway networks and pipelines.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked Muslims to practice their religion as part of Chinese society and direction. During an inspection tour of the autonomous region of Ningxia Hui on Tuesday, Xi urged Chinese Muslims to resist illegal religious infiltration and carry forward the country's patriotic traditions.