Pakistan is to import explosive detection equipment from China, in a move that shows that it is not just US businesses that are getting the lucrative commercial opportunities generated by the hi-tech War on Terror.
The country's interior minister, Rehman Malik, said Pakistan has signed agreements worth $300m with China to acquire “state-of-the-art” equipment to combat terrorism.
He said Pakistan would start employing the mobile detection equipment in metropolitan cities under threat of terrorism, like Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi and then gradually cover the entire country.
The first consignment would be reaching Pakistan within three weeks. Needless to say, China is one of the major suppliers of arms to Islamabad.
Pakistan shares a border with China and the two countries share a common enemy in the East Turkmenistan Independence Movement (ETIM) which is alleged to have links to Al-Qaeda and wants to create an independent state in China's autonomous Xingiang region, which borders Pakistan.