This must be read in conjunction with the news of serious anti Muslim sentiments and pronouncements in China. Recently China banned the call for prayer in mosques and have been acting vigorously in the provinces neighbouring Pak
The Chinese working in Pakistan have complained of security threats, which was conveyed at the highest level of President Xi Jinping to his counter part. It has to be taken seriously by Pakistan.
In response, Pakistan has raised a Special Security Division (SSD) of strength 15,000 (9 Bns plus ancillary troops) at a cost of Rs Five Billion – solely for protecting the Chinese. It is important to note that the Div is raised under Pak Anti-terrorism Act (1997)
It is a new dimension to think of terror threat to Chinese working in Pakistan.
NEWS FROM PAKISTAN.
COAS (of Pakistan) vows to meet CPEC projects’ security challenges.
ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa on Saturday said that security forces were “fully prepared”to meet all security challenges to projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Chinese nationals living in the country.
He made these remarks during a visit to the headquarters of the 15,000-man newly-created Special Security Division (SSD), charged with the “security of Chinese on CPEC and non-CPEC projects”.
Gen Bajwa recalled the “hostile agenda” of forces opposed to the mega-connectivity and infrastructure project, which still faces threats from both regional and external players.
The division will provide security to Chinese personnel and projects throughout the country. It has been established in close collaboration with China and the two sides are also cooperating in the implementation of a multi-layered security plan.
The military had announced the raising of the SSD soon after President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad in 2015 for the groundbreaking of CPEC projects.
The SSD consists of nine army battalions (9,229 personnel) and six civil armed forces wings (4,502 personnel), which have been raised at a cost of over Rs 5 billion.
The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms has allocated one per cent of the total cost of CPEC projects for the running expenditure of the SSD to provide security for the corridor, project sites and Chinese nationals in the country.
The interior ministry finalised the SSD’s terms of reference (TOR) in January and sent them to provinces. The force will be deployed in accordance with Articles 147 and 245 of the Constitution and under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
During the visit, Gen Bajwa was given a detailed briefing on the Integrated Security Mechanism, run by the SSD.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the army remained committed to ensuring security for CPEC and the workforce involved. “He appreciated SSD for their state of preparedness and arrangements for execution of the assigned mission and tasks,” an ISPR statement said.
Security has been a major concern for the Chinese and they have emphasized this in their public statements time and again, shrouding their emphasis in phrases such as “should create a good environment [for] security” and “look forward to creating a more secure and sound environment”.
Apart from security incidents involving the construction of roads, three attacks on Chinese workers were reported last year.