On Pakistani passports

Cross-border terrorism, directed northwards

The terrorists were travelling on Pakistani passports. They may have been locals, but trained in jihadi training camps across the border. The mastermind is suspected to be a Pakistani national. The plan was to bring down an commercial airliner flying from the restive separatist region to the national capital by igniting gasoline hidden in soft-drink cans.

Sounds familiar? Well, this is the story of China Southern Airlines flight CZ6901 from Urumqi in Xinjiang to Beijing. The two terrorists on flight were arrested when they failed to set the bombs off, and were overpowered by the crew. And according to some reports the Pakistani national who masterminded this plot is at large. According to others, the third was arrested in a week and has confessed to the crime.

China has not officially revealed the link to Pakistan, perhaps not to unnecessarily embarrass its ally in public. It does not need to. General Musharraf is perhaps already sweating. A crackdown against jihadis is on the cards. It’s not as if Pakistan’s new prime minister needed this.

Related Link: A Chinese journalist’s account of eyewitness accounts and censorship. (via Violent Eclipse)

1 thought on “On Pakistani passports”

  1. Pakis biting the hand that feeds… like the scorpion (“its in my nature to sting”).

    Interesting question for china: Continue rearing a maniac to contain india or stop nurturing him since he’s now turning on you? The irony is delicious.

    For China though, the solution may be easy.
    Get rid of the pakis, and use their other, “internal maniacs” (to india, that is) for containment: time to call on yechury, karat(s) et al for service of the motherland.

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