Afridi Smokescreen Hides Hideous Pak Terrorism Truths?

Afridi tea-cup-storm meant to hide a massive, lurking tornado – Dawood Ibrahim and the typhoon of terrorism?

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Is the ire against Shahid Afridi in Pakistan being played up by sections of the paid media in India to mask a large story of vital importance to the future of Asian Subcontinent?

Is the demand to get international terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim to India for standing trial for crimes against humanity being obfuscated by the sections of the media?

Is the clever diplomat and Pakistani statesman Shahryar Khan playing mind games with India on this issue?

 The clamour for action against Afridi is led by former Pak cricketer Mohammad Javed Miandad who is now a close relative of Dawood Ibrahim through the marriage of their offspring. [1]

Is this a huge smokescreen to hide something hideous?

Shahid Afridi, his comments’ effect on Kashmiri separatism and Pakistan Cricket Board boss Shahryar Khan’s sudden interest in resuming sporting ties with India seem to be cruel jokes.

Was Afridi really serious when he said that he is loved in India more than Pakistan and a legal notice being issued against him in Pakistan?

The answer is NO!

On April 7 2011, Shahid Afridi had launched a bizarre attack on India, its cricketers and its media for ruining matters between the two countries.

Excerpts:

While Afridi labelled Pakistan media “100 times better” than their Indian counterparts, Afridi said that the Indian team was not as “large-hearted” as the Pakistanis despite continuous efforts and that its media took heart in blowing matters out of proportion, resulting in the omnipresent animosity between the two nations.

“You can’t hide the fact that no matter how much we try, they [the Indian team] can’t be on the same level as us and don’t have a heart as big as us,” Afridi told Dawn News in response to a question pertaining to India’s hospitality and treatment.

In a separate interview during a television show on Samaa, Afridi confirmed that due to the same reasons, it was “really difficult to have a long-term relationship” with India.

Shahryar/Miandad: Asia’s Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid

The outburst of Javed Miandad over Afridi’s so-called support in India and the former cricketer’s close family ties with Dawood Ibrahim in conjunction with each other did not cause raising of serious eyebrows.

In October last year, Pakistan’s top diplomat in India claimed Dawood Ibrahim wasn’t in Pakistan.

In August 2013, during the release of his book – Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan – Shahryar Khan was quoted as saying thus:

Dawood [Ibrahim] was in Pakistan but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in Pakistan, he should be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such gangsters to operate from the country.

I think he is in the UAE. The Nawaz Sharif government is very much in favour of taking action against criminals who not only affect Pakistan but also any other country, whether it is India or Afghanistan or wherever. We cannot allow criminals to flourish in the country.

Pakistan has been in favour of discussions with the Taliban of the more moderate ilk. But a large number are not moderate. Pakistan remains inclined to talk only to the reasonable ones.

Shahryar issued a ‘clarification’ in the Pakistani media – almost immediately.

“I was asked a question about Dawood Ibrahim and I said only what has been already reported. They (media) twisted my statement.” “Dawood (Ibrahim) was in Pakistan but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in Pakistan, he should be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such gangsters to operate from the country,” Shahryar Khan was quoted as saying by Indian media. The senior diplomat later on clarified his position but a lot of talk was made out of his alleged remarks. “I have never, not in the past as foreign secretary, not now, have known where Mr Ibrahim lives. I was only reflecting what the Pakistani press has been saying. I have no knowledge nor is it my remit,” he had told an Indian TV as the controversy erupted.

Shahryar Khan is a former foreign secretary of Pakistan who also was a cricket administrator.

Shahryar Khan is not the run of the mill Paki politician [2]

Shahryar Khan is the first cousin of the late charismatic cricketer Tiger Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. So, he is an uncle to film star children – Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan offspring of the Tiger and actress Sharmila.

Sharmila Tagore is the grand-daughter of India’s most famous and Nobel Laureate poet – Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

Saif, incidentally is married to Kareena Kapoor, the granddaughter of India’s most known showman – Raj Kapoor. Kareena’s first cousin is married to the daughter of India’s Marlon Brando – Amitabh Bachchan!

That shows that Shahryar has impeccably incredibly top connections in India.

India’s multidimensional Af-Pak imbroglio with a Chinese twist

India and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation [NATO] nations are on the same page on the festering wound called Afghanistan, [3] the highway linking China’s Xinjiang Province and the Baluchistan port of Gwadar [4].

India is helping NATO to cart away natural riches of Afghanistan – believed to be worth around US$ 30 trillion – through the crescent of Islamic nations that have become the Russia’s soft Islamic underbelly. [5]

The riches carted out of Afghanistan reached Black-Sea ports belonging to former USSR nation – Georgia – after crossing the large land-locked pond called Caspian Sea. The extension of this route was through the world’s narrowest strait used for international navigation, the Bosporus. It connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. The final link to the Atlantic was through its extension via the Dardanelles, the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. Russia’s Vladimir Putin put paid to that by grabbing Crimea – thus seizing control over the Black Sea.

The alternative routes to link Afghanistan to the ocean are the ports of Gwadar, Karachi and Kandla.

The geopolitical game being played by China is by building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC]. It could be linked to the so-called ‘development’ of parts of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the proposed ‘independent’ nation of Kashmir principality as the highway passes through what India’s northwest terrorism pock-mark, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir [POK].

Having suffered the results of the Islamic fundamentalist experiment of Osama bin Laden, NATO is seeking to avoid Pakistan altogether. The physically political alternative is the ‘resolution’ of the Kashmir imbroglio by working on the granting of Kashmir’s western part under Pak control, terming it reunification and appending it to India. The exercise could give NATO several advantages to stymie growing Chinese ambitions. But all of them are anchored to the province of Xinjiang – home to China’s Islamic underbelly – also home to the separatist Uighurs. [6]

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China is an autonomous region is the 8th largest country sub-division in the world, spanning over 1.6 million square km. It encompasses several disputed territories that include Aksai Chin, a few hundred square miles claimed by Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Afghanistan, Tibet, Pakistan and India. The extremely rugged Karakoram, Kunlun, and Tian Shan mountain ranges occupy much of Xinjiang’s borders, as well as its western and southern regions. Xinjiang also possesses abundant oil and mineral reserves. It also is currently China’s largest natural gas-producing region.

It is home to a number of ethnic groups including the Han, Kazakhs, Tajiks, Hui, Uyghur, Kyrgyz, and Mongols. Only about 4.3% of Xinjiang’s land area is fit for human habitation.

With a documented history of at least 2,500 years, a succession of peoples and empires has vied for control over all or parts of this territory. The territory came under the rule of the Qing dynasty in the 18th century, which was later replaced by the Republic of China government. Since 1949, it has been part of the People’s Republic of China following the Chinese Civil War.

There are enough straws in the wind to believe that NATO is arm-twisting Pakistan on the basis of its fundamentalist Islamic terrorism and could try reuniting the two parts of Kashmir and grant it to India. Some of them:

  • Reunified Kashmir would grant India a direct border with Afghanistan – where Indian presence is becoming more pronounced. The riches could reach Kandla.Part of the CPEC would fall into NATO’s control thus access to Tajikistan – from where Uighur Islamic separatists are being quietly funded.
  • That would halt the development of Gwadar as Pakistan has virtually no funds. The move would also nullify a possible Chinese foothold on an Arabian Sea port. The security concerns of the Islamic nations in the Middle-East in the West and India in the east.
  • The move could mark the beginning of the end of Afghanistan’s notoriety as the largest producer-exporter of drugs in the international market and also stem the flow of economic refugees into Europe – being actively funnelled in by Pakistan.
  • The end of POK would mean end of Article 370 – a sore point of India’s Hindu majority. It could deal fatal blows to the bunch of corrupt Kashmiri Muslim politicians that feed on India’s largesse using the Damocles’ Sword of Pakistan sponsored terrorism. If there is no Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, India would share a common border with Afghanistan putting paid to the ambitions of the Chinese to encircle India’s north.

Let us ask ourselves the first bunch of queries again:

Is the ire against Shahid Afridi in Pakistan being played up by sections of the paid media in India to mark a large story of vital importance to the future of Asian Subcontinent?

Is the demand to get international terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim to India for standing trial for crimes against humanity being obfuscated by the sections of the media?

Is the clever diplomat and Pakistani statesman Shahryar Khan playing mind games with India on this issue?

 The clamour for action against Afridi is led by former Pak cricketer Mohammad Javed Miandad who is now a close relative of Dawood Ibrahim through the marriage of their offspring.

Is this a huge smokescreen to hide something hideous?

[1]

In December 2015, Dawood’s nephew Sohail Kaskar was nabbed in the United States of America and faces a lifetime in prison.In February this year, the United Kingdom issued sanctions against Dawood Ibrahim

Excerpts from a Press Trust of India report:

Dawood has time and again been reported to be based in Pakistan but Islamabad has denied his presence.

Financial sanctions in force in the UK could apply to individuals, entities and governments who may be resident in the UK or abroad.

The measures include prohibiting the transfer of funds to a sanctioned country and freezing the assets of a government, the corporate entities and residents of the target country to targeted asset freezes on individuals/entities.

Certain financial sanctions may also prohibit providing or performing other financial services, such as insurance, to designated individuals or governments.It is a criminal offence to breach a financial sanction, without an appropriate licence or authorisation from the UK Treasury.

Miandad is said to own properties in central London. One of them is located in Euston, within 3 km of MI6 headquarters.
Dawood tried to send a chilling message to India by trying to hit the nation’s showpiece internationally present financial institution – Bank of Baroda. The institution’s former Chairman and Managing Director SS Mundra and currently one of the Deputy Governors of the Reserve Bank of India – hails from the vicinity of the Kandla Port. Apparently, Dawood got former Indian Bank boss and current Vigilane Commissioner TM Bhasin to plant information about the Kaskar stash in Bahamas in a banking entity owned by BoB through agent provocateurs who had retired from Reserve Bank of India.
For nearly a decade, Dawood has been on the US watch-list of terrorists.
After having exposed Pak perfidy in hiding Osama some 2 years ago, Obama is believed to be ready to pull the plug on Dawood. If that happens, it could get a huge number of pro-Narendra Modi NRIs to back the Democratic candidate for the US Presidency – Hillary Clinton, or so, it is said to be believed by the Central Intelligence Agency. It could also blunt the pronouncedly anti-Muslim rhetoric of the Republican hopeful – Donald Trump.
Excerpts from a Wikipedia dossier on Dawood:
Dawood Ibrahim is believed to be the boss of the dreaded crime syndicate named D-Company whose tentacles are spread far and wide in India, Pakistan and in the Middle-East.
Since 2011, Dawood figures as the 4th most globally wanted fugitives from law sought by the Interpol on a litany of charges that include organised crime, terrorism and counterfeiting.
Reports circulated by the US of A’s Central Intelligence Agency and the Russian SVR indicate Ibrahim maintained close links with al-Qaeda’s Osama Bin Laden and on that count had been declared a global terrorist since 2003.
Ibrahim is believed to be the main mover and shaker in multiple terror attacks in India and that includes the Mumbai attacks on 26/11 during which Ajmal Amir Kasab, a Pak born trained terrorist was taken alive and confessed to his connections to Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan’s Inter-Services-Intelligence.
Dawood Ibrahim was believed to control India’s unofficial system for transferring money and remittances outside the view of official agencies called Hawala.
The United States Department of Treasury has effectively forbidden U.S. financial entities from working with him and seizing assets believed to be under his control and maintains a fact sheet on Ibrahim which contains reports of his syndicate having smuggling routes from South Asia, the Middle-East and Africa shared with and used by terrorist organisation al-Qaeda.
One of the reports said that Ibrahim’s crime syndicate is involved in large-scale shipment of narcotics in the United Kingdom and Western Europe.
Reports suggest his having been indoctrinated into the 4th Jihadi struggle of Islam – one involving violent acts and loosely linked to the word Saif or Sword by Osama bin Laden, who is now dead. The passage is believed to be a forgery as the original Koran only had three.
On November 21 2006 ten leading members of ‘D’ Company were extradited from the United Arab Emirates to India.
The ten included his younger brother Iqbal.
Indian officials visited the US shortly after Pak-trained terrorists attacked the Indian Parliament while it was in session, December 2001.
The then mainstays in the regime Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice listened to the Indian presentation and indicated that Dawood would be handed over to India with some strings attached upon clearance from Pak dictator Musharraf. The time frame given then was 15 to 20 days.
Nothing has happened on that front since.
“It was only fibbing and foot-dragging … by the Americans [who seemed to be afflicted by] a certain lack of enthusiasm. We do not have the clout to compel Pakistan to act on this issue, they started saying … I suspected, not without basis, that somebody in the bureaucratic system was trying, in Indians’ dialogue with Americans, to de-emphasise or derail the issue of getting Ibrahim and other Indian terrorists back from Pakistan… [India] was denied a major success in its war against Pakistan-supported terrorism by way of bureaucratic non-cooperation ‘that I have not been able to fully fathom,” India’s senior opposition leader and patriarch of the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party has been quoted as saying.
In recent times, Dawood has lost some of his key men Umar Bashir, Shetty, Noora and Shoaib Khan.
[2]
Born March 29 1934, in Bhopal, Nawabzaada Shahryar Mohammad Khan is a former career Pakistani diplomat.
He had demitted office of Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary in 1994 after a 4-year stint.
For the next two years, he served as the UN SRSG to Rwanda.
Khan was born to His Highness Nawab Mohammad Sarwar Ali Khan and Princess Abida Sultan.
Khan’s mother was the eldest daughter of the last king of Bhopal His Royal Highness Haji-Hafiz Sir Mohammad Nawab Hamidullah Khan who had merited a 19 gun salute in colonial India.
For some in Pakistan therefore, he happens to be a lowly Mohajir – Muslim refugee from India since the partition – if you please.
HRH Nawab Hamidullah Khan was a close friend of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who also had migrated to Pakistan and thus, technically a Mohajir as well.
This writer has a few memories of Shahryar Khan when he made quiet visits to one Bombay’s well-known rendezvous for the powerful – the Cricket Club of India.
In the 70’s the Tiger arrived a little after lunch clad in white flannels smoking a cigarette into the Brabourne Stadium grounds. The stylish swagger of the dapper man made everyone look at him with awe.
A little behind – I had seen one of India’s little known but best exponents of off-spin bowling – Suresh Shastri ambling respectfully.
The Tiger, those days, had high hopes on the young spinner Suresh Shastri who bowled orthodox off-spin.
Tiger trained the younger man asking him to bowl at a single stump – and often changed the stick’s position, himself.
Shahryar often stood outside the net and gave a bit of expert advice.
He was always soft spoken.
Parenthesis
Shastri who officiated in 2 Test matches and 17 One Day International games has been forgotten ever since he rubbed the cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar on the wrong shoulder during an IPL outing with the Delhi Daredevils.
The Tiger left us September 22, 2011.
Parenthesis ends
Educated at Daly College Indore [a city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh], Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehradun, Grosvenor School, UK and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, the urbane Shahryar Khan is the perfect man to do business with in Pakistan from not just an Indian perspective, but from a global point of view – because of the impeccable credentials of the man.
Conferred a law degree from Cambridge in 1956, Shahryar Khan now lectures on Foreign Relations in the Lahore University of Management Sciences [LUMS].
Not many even remember that if there had been some credibility in Pakistan’s cricketing establishment ever, it was when Khan had headed the body between 2003 and 2006.
Conferred the honorary fellowship of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, Shahryar Khan is in my opinion, in possession of the credible stature – so important in the international diplomatic community [he is a close friend of Boutros-Boutros Ghali, the only person who did not win a second term as the Secretary General of the United Nations as the US of A vetoed him and who could arguably and possibly solve the Egyptian political tangle whose worsening could trigger WWIII], his family links to India and the Muslim aristocracy on our side of the border, Khan could be the moderate Akbar from the other side – who could be trusted by the majority Hindus and the largest religious minority in India – Muslims – alike.
[3]
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a collection of projects currently under construction at a cost of $46 billion that poses a security threat to NATO – currently backing the regime of Iran – Pakistan’s immediate neighbour with nuclear ambitions and India’s west coast – home to two major ports in the vicinity – Kandla [the nearest one] and Mumbai. While Pakistan would have a new city and an ultra-modern port, China would hem India in on its western flank through a plausible naval base. It would also prove to be a ‘check move’ against the West’s control over the Arabian Sea.
The corridor is considered to be an extension of China’s ambitious proposed 21st century Silk Road initiative and is considered central to China–Pakistan relations.
The CPEC is being heavily-subsidized through concessionary loans at an annual interest rate of 1.6%. The disbursal will be made available by the Exim Bank of China, China Development Bank, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. The beneficiary will directly be the Central Bank of Pakistan.
[4]
Gwadar Port is a warm-water, deep-sea port situated on the Arabian Sea at Gwadar in Baluchistan province of Pakistan. The port is a major destination in the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. Indian Defence Establishment’s views of the challenges posed by Gwadar have been very mild.
According to a Press Trust of India report, Pakistan and China signed a deal to acquire the usage rights to more than 2,000 acres of land for a Chinese company, Chinese official media reported. The leasing would last 43 years. PTI’s Beijing Bureau outputs always back the Chinese line. On the contrary, China’s Xinhua News Agency operating from Delhi goes hammer and tongs against the policies of every Indian regime.
Parenthesis
Xinhua has little credibility in international terms if the Wikipedia dossier on it is to be believed.
Bloomberg Businessweek commented on the opening of Xinhua Finance, saying that it would have to overcome the “Xinhua stigma” of being associated with “official propaganda”, and suspicions by outsiders of its credibility.
In an interview with Indian media in 2007, the head of Xinhua, Tian Congmin, affirmed the problem of “historical setbacks and popular perceptions”. Newsweek criticized Xinhua as “being best known for its blind spots” regarding controversial news in China, and mentioned that its “coverage of the United States is hardly fair and balanced”. Even so, “Xinhua’s spin diminishes when the news doesn’t involve China”.
During the 2003 SARS outbreak, Xinhua was slow to release reports of the incident to the public. However, its reporting in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake was seen as more transparent and credible as Xinhua journalists operated more freely. After the Beijing Television Cultural Centre fire, cognizant of Xinhua’s “tardy” reporting in contrast to bloggers, China announced the investment of 20 billion Yuan to Xinhua. The vice president of the China International Publishing Group commented on this, saying that quantity of media exposure would not necessarily help perceptions of China. Rather, he said, media should focus on emphasizing Chinese culture and the Chinese way of life “to convey the message that China is a friend, not an enemy”.
Xinhua for its own part has criticized the perception of Western media objectivity, citing an incident during the 2008 Tibetan unrest when Western media outlets used a picture of Nepalese police beating Tibetan protesters, misleadingly labelling the pictures as of Chinese police, with commentary from CNN calling Chinese leaders “goons and thugs”. CNN later apologized for the comments, but Richard Spencer of The Sunday Telegraph defended what he conceded was “biased” Western media coverage of the riots, blaming China for not allowing foreign media access to Tibet during the conflict.
Parenthesis ends
[5]
Former Afghan President Karzai claimed the mineral deposits are actually worth $30 trillion.
Other estimates say it is worth US$ 3 trillion.
Karzai has little credibility in India or elsewhere.
As far as Afghanistan is concerned, Karzai’s contribution to that beleaguered nation is measurable in negative terms.
Mining in Afghanistan is controlled by the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, which is headquartered in Kabul with regional offices in other parts of the country. Afghanistan has over 1400 mineral fields, containing barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulphur, talc, zinc among many other minerals. Gemstones include high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby.
[6]
Operative excerpts from a BBC report:
Xinjiang borders eight countries – Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India – and until recently its population was mostly Uighur.
Most Uighurs are Muslim and Islam is an important part of their life and identity.
According to the 2000 census report, Han Chinese made up 40% of the population. Large numbers of troops are stationed in the region and unknown numbers of unregistered migrants.
The region has had intermittent autonomy and occasional independence, but what is now known as Xinjiang came under Chinese rule in the 18th Century.
An East Turkestan state was briefly declared in 1949, but independence was short-lived – later that year Xinjiang officially became part of Communist China.
In the 1990s, open support for separatist groups increased after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of independent Muslim states in Central Asia.
Activists say Uighur commercial and cultural activities have been gradually curtailed by the Chinese state. There are complaints of severe restrictions on Islam, with fewer mosques and strict control over religious schools.
Rights group Amnesty International, in a report published in 2013, said authorities criminalised “what they labelled ‘illegal religious’ and ‘separatist’ activities” and clamped down on “peaceful expressions of cultural identity”.
In July 2014, some Xinjiang government departments banned Muslim civil servants from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. It was not the first time China had restricted fasting in Xinjiang, but it followed a slew of attacks on the public attributed to Uighur extremists, prompting concerns the ban would increase tensions.
China has been accused of intensifying its crackdown on the Uighurs after street protests in the 1990s and again in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
But things really escalated in 2009, with large-scale ethnic rioting in the regional capital, Urumqi. Some 200 people were killed in the unrest, most of them Han Chinese, according to officials.
Security was increased and many Uighurs detained as suspects. But violence rumbled on as right groups increasingly pointed to tight control by Beijing.
In June 2012, six Uighurs reportedly tried to hijack a plane from Hotan to Urumqi before they were overpowered by passengers and crew.
There was bloodshed in April 2013 and in June that year, 27 people died in Shanshan County after police opened fire on what state media described as a mob armed with knives attacking local government buildings
Establishing facts about these incidents is difficult, because foreign journalists’ access to the region is tightly controlled, but in recent months, there appears to have been a shift towards larger-scale incidents where citizens have become the target, particularly in Xinjiang.
At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 suffered injuries in May 2014 when two cars crashed through an Urumqi market and explosives were tossed into the crowd. China called it a “violent terrorist incident”.
It followed a bomb and knife attack at Urumqi’s south railway station in April, which killed three and injured 79 others.
In July, authorities said a knife-wielding gang attacked a police station and government offices in Yarkant, leaving 96 dead. The imam of China’s largest mosque, Jume Tahir, was stabbed to death days later.
In September about 50 died in blasts in Luntai County outside police stations, a market and a shop. Details of both incidents are unclear and activists have contested some accounts of incidents in state media.
A March stabbing spree in Kunming in Yunnan province that killed 29 people was blamed on Xinjiang separatists, as was an October 2013 incident where a car ploughed into a crowd and burst into flames in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
In response to the latest slew of attacks, the authorities have launched what they call a “year-long campaign against terrorism”, stepping up security in Xinjiang and conducting more military drills in the region.
There have also been reports of mass sentencing incidents and arrests of several “terror groups”. Chinese state media have reported long lists of people convicted of extremist activity and in some cases, death sentences.
High-profile Uighur academic, Ilham Tohti was detained and later charged in September 2014 on charges of separatism, sparking international criticism.
China has often blamed ETIM – the East Turkestan Islamic Movement – or people inspired by ETIM for violent incidents both in Xinjiang and beyond the region’s borders.
ETIM is said to want to establish an independent East Turkestan in China. The US State Department in 2006 said ETIM is “the most militant of the ethnic Uighur separatist groups”.
The scope of ETIM’s activities remains unclear with some questioning the group’s capacity to organise serious acts of extremism.
ETIM has not said it was behind any of the attacks. Chinese authorities said the Turkestan Islamic Party – which it says is synonymous with ETIM – released a video backing the Kunming attack, however.
With the recent apparent escalation in Xinjiang-related violence, the question of who and what is driving it is likely to attract greater scrutiny

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