China expresses grave concerns over killing of its citizens in Pakistan
Beijing demands thourough investigation, says blood of the Chinese people should not be shed in vain
BEIJING (TSAT) - China on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the killing of its citizen in a suicide bombing in the port city of Karachi, in Southern Pakistan.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Jianghao called the Pakistani Ambassador to China and express extremely grave concern.
“He demanded that the Pakistani side should immediately make thorough investigation of the incident, apprehend and punish the perpetrators to the full extent of the law, and take all possible measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in Pakistan and prevent such incidents from happening again,” it’s said.
On Tuesday, a female suicide bomber hit a van of Chinese teachers in Karachi university and killed at least four people including three Chinese and their Pakistani driver.
On Tuesday, evening, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan to convey condolences, saying that the Pakistani government will conduct an in-depth probe into the incident, give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators, and strengthen the security of Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan in an all-round way.
“Government will never allow any force to undermine Pakistan-China friendship. Local authorities in Sindh and Karachi have launched a full-scale investigation to hunt down the perpetrators,” said the Pakistan premier.
However, China urged Pakistan to handle properly the follow-up matters of those killed, treat the injured, and resolutely crackdown on the terrorist organization involved.
“The blood of the Chinese people should not be shed in vain, and those behind this incident will surely pay the price,” it’s said.
The Balochistan Liberation Army, a terrorist Baloch group, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The terrorist group in a statement said its first-ever woman suicide bomber detonated the bomb.
Baloch terrorist groups always targeted the Chinese working in multi-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and civilians in the region.
Pakistan always accuses India of behind and supporting Baloch terrorists to hit the CPEC and destabilized the region.
Security experts believed that India, the US, and some other regional countries are not happy to see the CPEC as a successful project that will connect China's strategically important northwestern Xinxiang province to the port of Gawadar in far away in Balochistan.
While China will also connect with Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia Republics through this short route.