Pakistan: terrorist attack against the explosion of a bus – China

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Rescue workers and onlookers gather around a wreckage after a bus plunged into a ravine after a bomb exploded, which killed 12 including 9 Chinese workers, in Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on July 14, 2021. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

BALOCHISTAN (Reuters) – The shuttle explosion in Pakistan that killed nine Chinese and four Pakistanis has been confirmed as a terrorist attack as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged Pakistan to bring the perpetrators to justice in the ‘a phone call with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday, marking the first time for both sides to confirm the blast as a terrorist attack after it occurred two days ago.

In inviting Li for the phone call on behalf of the Pakistani government and people, Khan expressed his sincere condolences to the Chinese government and the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Pakistan which caused heavy casualties to Chinese personnel. He also reported on the progress of the ongoing investigation and follow-up work.

Chinese Premier Li thanked Pakistan for the immediate rescue and investigation after the explosion. He pointed out that the Chinese government pays great attention to the safety of Chinese citizens and organizations abroad. The current urgent work is to rescue injured people to reduce the number of casualties and repair work.

The Chinese task force has arrived in Pakistan and will coordinate with Pakistan. China hopes Pakistan can provide assistance and use all means necessary to investigate the attack and bring the terrorists involved to justice, Li said, urging Pakistan to take effective measures to strengthen personnel protection. and Chinese organizations in Pakistan to avoid similar incidents.

There are complex and profound changes in global and regional situations. China attaches great attention to Sino-Pakistani relations and is willing to improve strategic communications and coordination, deepen practical cooperation, safeguard regional peace and security and bring benefits to the two peoples, said Mr. Li.

Khan said Pakistan was working hard to save all those injured and would do its best to investigate the case and seize those responsible. Pakistan will cooperate closely with the Chinese team for its work in Pakistan.

Khan stressed that Pakistan pays great attention to the security of Chinese people and organizations in Pakistan and will strengthen protective measures to ensure the smooth functioning of the cooperation project.

Before it was confirmed as a terrorist attack, Qian Feng, director of the research department of the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times in an interview that the terrorists in Balochistan and the Pakistani Taliban were sponsors. possible bombing.

The Pakistani Taliban have opposed the government on religious grounds and have targeted cooperation projects with China that the Pakistani government has promoted. Balochistan does not want Pakistan to integrate through economic development, which would bankrupt its separatist agenda, Wang said.


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