Pakistani and Chinese troops are jointly patrolling a stretch of the border connecting Pakistan and China.
This is the first time China and Pakistan have carried out joint patrol in the recent years though Chinese troops have been patrolling the area since 2014.
Though there are no details of the joint patrolling by China and Pakistan but it coincides with reports of over 100 Uyghur Muslims joining Islamic State (IS).
The event, reported in the People’s Daily, took place against the backdrop of India’s tank deployment in Ladakh and reports of over 100 Uyghurs from Xinjiang joining the Islamic State.
The pictorial report, published by the People’s Daily on Thursday, consisted of 12 images depicting Pakistani and Chinese troops marching along the border and conducting drills.
China’s state media The People’s Daily published a dozen photos with a caption “the frontier defence regiment of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Xinjiang, along with a border police force from Pakistan, carry out a joint patrol along the China-Pakistan border”.
The caption with the photos read: “A frontier defense regiment of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) in Xinjiang, along with a border police force from Pakistan, carry out (sic) a joint patrol along the China-Pakistan border.”
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. 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, reported PTI.