Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Rebels attack Chinese consulate in Pakistan

Rebels attack Chinese consulate in Pakistan

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. "The crossfire happened outside the consulate general office", he said.

There is a heavy police presence in the area which has been cordoned off.

"They tried to enter the visa section but could not succeed", he said. The shootout lasted for about an hour. "We have completed the operation, and a search is still underway to trace and capture all suspects".

Geo TV reported one gunmen was killed in the attack and a "suicide vest" had been recovered.

"We have two cops brought dead and security guard injured due to blast impact", said Seemin Jamali, a doctor at the Jinnah Hospital in Karachi.

The market attack took place in the town of Klaya, in the Orakzai region of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan, local police official Tahir Ali said.

The Chinese government's top diplomat, Wang Yi, said he was "shocked" by the attack and urged Pakistan to prevent any more such incidents. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Orakzai has been the scene of militant attacks in recent years, mostly claimed by Pakistani Sunni militants.

"The terrorists first attacked the checkpost outside the consulate and detonated a hand grenade in the area", Shaikh said.

Pakistan has long accused New Delhi of supporting Baluch separatists. So this is different from other militant attacks that do occur in Pakistan.

The spokesperson of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) branded Beijing as "an oppressor" along with Pakistani forces, adding that they were "destroying the future of Balochistan".

The organization, which grew out of anger over the state's perceived monopoly of the province's mineral resources, previously have killed and kidnapped Chinese engineers working in the province.

The embassy in Islamabad, meanwhile, stressed the countries' close ties, saying that "any attempt to undermine the China-Pakistan relationship is doomed to fail".

During Khan's visit, Xi said that China was "willing to work with the prime minister to strengthen the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership and build a new era". Pakistan is keen to ensure nothing happens to jeopardise that and Chinese workers are closely guarded.

China condemned the attack and called on Pakistan to protect Chinese citizens and institutions. -AFP Rangers personnel move in the compound of Chinese Consulate in Karachi.

An eyewitness told that the area "has now been cleared". The letter was addressed to China's ambassador to Pakistan.

The $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which runs through the heart of Balochistan, Pakistan's poorest province, has faced stiff resistance from the Baloch people.

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