Islamabad: China has asked Pakistan to step up security of its newly-appointed ambassador in Islamabad in the wake of threats to his life from a terrorist organisation, according to media reports.
The Chinese Embassy made the request in a letter written to the Interior Ministry on October 19, saying a member of the banned terrorist group East Turkestan Islamic Movement has sneaked into Pakistan to assassinate its ambassador.
The ETIM largely operates from China’s restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, bordering Pakistan. The letter was written by the point man for the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Ping Ying Fi who asked the Interior Ministry to “enhance the protection” of the ambassador and other Chinese working in the country.
The CPEC, which traverse through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, will connect Xinjiang with Pakistan’s seaport Gwadar through a network of rail, road and pipeline.