Security alert issued for Chinese in Islamabad

February 19, 2014 - 3:09:33 am
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad police have approached the Chinese embassy with a view to collecting details of its nationals who are working in different projects to provide them security, it was learnt.

The sources said that the step had been taken after the intelligence agencies had issued a security alert for the Chinese staying in the country.

According to intelligence, East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a violent separatist movement and is often responsible for incidents in Chinese province Xinjiang, has planned to target the Chinese nationals.

A police officer said that there were a number of Chinese staying in Pakistan on official, business, private and study visas.

Except for diplomats and those who are on official visit, the whereabouts of other Chinese national is not known to the police and other departments concerned.

“We have requested the Chinese Embassy to issue security advisory for its nationals. Currently we (police and other concerned departments) are in dark about the Chinese,” the officer said.

The East Turkestan Islamic Movement was banned in Pakistan on March 15, 2013 and it was included in the list of 60 proscribed organisations.