Xinjiang is adopting resolute measures to attack "East Turkistan" terrorist forces, a senior Xinjiang official said here Thursday.
Abudu Reheman Ayli, an NPC deputy attending the ongoing fifth session of the Ninth National People's Congress (NPC), told Xinhua that the terrorist forces have carried out a series of violence over the past dozen years and has recently turned to the ideological areas, spreading separatism by smuggling in publications and literary works.
"It is very important to use the weapon of law in fighting terrorism," he said, adding that he has prepared a motion on how to bring the related laws and regulations to perfection.
The NPC deputy, also head of the general office of the Xinjiang regional people's congress standing committee, said that the "East Turkistan" terrorist forces have since the 1990s schemed and organized a series of explosions, assassinations, arsons, poisoning and other terrorist activities in China's Xinjiang and other countries, "seriously threatening not only the lives and property of the Chinese people and social stability but also the safety and stability of other related countries."
"We shall resolutely safeguard national unity and stability in minorities areas while doing everything to protect the normal religious activities of minorities," the official said
(People's Daily March 7, 2002)