Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Multiple explosions, gunshots fired near Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

Gunmen attack Chinese consulate in Karachi kill four Multiple explosions, gunshots fired near Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Gerardo Duncan | 25 November, 2018, 11:39

"China strongly condemns any terrorist attacks targeting diplomats and send its condolences to the deceased guards and their families", he said.

In another incident on Friday, at least 30 people were killed in a bomb attack in north-west Pakistan.

In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China would not waver in its latest big project in Pakistan - the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor - and expressed confidence that Pakistan could ensure safety.

Three suicide attackers stormed the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi amid a series of gunshots and an explosion on Friday, but were killed before they could force their way in with a auto packed with explosives, police said.

Pakistan is one of China's largest allies in its Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to link 70 countries through trade.

Vawda had said that he arrived at the site of the attack on the orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

"I don't see that this will have any impact on the Chinese projects in Pakistan".

The Ministry of External Affairs has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi.

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A local journalist tweeted that police was inside the Chinese consulate that came under attack.

The BLA spokesperson blamed China for "exploiting" the nation's "resources".

In addition to the exchange of gunfire, eyewitnesses told Pakistan's Dawn news channel that they heard an explosion. China, which calls Pakistan as its all-weather friend, has invested in several projects in the country and is now developing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) worth $50 billion.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), announced in April 2014 by Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, is a collection of a variety of projects in transportation, infrastructure, telecommunications, and other areas, all backed by billions in Chinese financing.

Over the years, construction projects and Chinese workers in Balochistan have been repeatedly targeted by militants but this is one of the most prominent such attacks to date. "They tried to get into the visa section", the police chief, Amir Shaikh, told reporters. Orakzai has been the scene of several militant attacks in recent years, mostly by Pakistani Sunni militants, who revile Shiites as apostates.

Karachi, the capital of neighbouring Sindh province, has a militant presence, including Baloch separatists.

Local police official Tahir Ali says that the death toll from the market bombing now stands at 25 people, and that most of the victims are minority Shiite Muslims.

The Pakistani military has been targeting insurgencies in the province since 2004, and has been repeatedly accused by worldwide rights groups of abuses there.

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