China has requested Pakistan to increase the security offered to the Chinese ambassador in Islamabad. The appeal was made in light of the threats made on his life by a terrorist organization.
China has appointed Yao Jing as the Chinese envoy to Pakistan. Yao Jing earlier served as the Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan. He replaced Sun Weidong who served as the Chinese ambassador in Pakistan for three years.
The Chinese embassy put forth their request through a letter written to the interior minister on October 19.
The country stated that the banned terrorist group, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), had issued the threat.
The letter further stated that the group claimed to have smuggled a man into Pakistan to assassinate China’s ambassador.
The letter in question was written by China’s leading man on the multi-billion dollar, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Ping Ying Fi.
In the letter, Ping insisted that Pakistan “enhance the protection” of the Chinese ambassador and any other Chinese resident working in the country.
In the letter Ping also shared details of the terrorist’s passport and demanded that the country arrest him immediately. He insisted that the terrorist, identified as Abdul Wali, be handed over to the Chinese embassy.
The ETIM is known to operate largely from China’s restive Muslim-majority region.
The area, known as Xinjiang, borders Pakistan and is known to attract a great deal of terrorist activity.
The security of Chinese officials serving in Pakistan is recognized to be a major issue.
The Pakistani Army has been given the duty of providing protection to any person of Chinese nationality working on any project in Pakistan.
These projects include the CPEC which would traverse through Pakistan occupied Kashmir. The project would connect Xinjiang with Pakistan’s seaport, Gwadar.
Both Pakistan’s interior ministry and the Chinese embassy declined to comment on the issue.