New Delhi: China and Pakistan on Thursday carried out joint patrols along the China-Pak border near Xinjiang. This is the first time China and Pakistan have carried out joint patrols in the recent years though Chinese troops have been patrolling the area since 2014.

The state media The People’s Daily Online today 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”.

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).

US think-tank New America Foundation on Wednesday said that religious restrictions on Muslim minorities in China may have driven Uyghurs to join IS.

The New America Foundation in its report said banning and or strictly controlled the observance of certain Muslim practices, such as growing beards and fasting during Ramadan has led many to join the IS.