ISLAMABAD/BEIJING: China has strongly condemned the suicide attack by the Baloch Liberation Army which resulted in the deaths of three Chinese nationals in Karachi on Tuesday.
A female suicide bomber belonging to BLA’s Majeed Brigade blew herself up in front of a van which carried two female Chinese teachers including a Pakistani driver.
Confucius Institute director Ding Mupeng, who was also travelling in the van was martyred in the attack.
The Balochistan Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the attack.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, in response to a question about the incident during a press briefing on Wednesday, said the attack had left three Chinese teachers dead and one injured.
Acknowledging that there “are also casualties on the Pakistani side”, he went on to say that the “Chinese side expresses strong condemnation and indignation over this major terrorist attack, and extends deep condolences to the victims and sympathies to the injured and bereaved families”.
He further stated the Chinese foreign ministry and diplomatic missions in Pakistan activated the “emergency response mechanism” immediately after the incident, and that Chinese Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister Wu Jianghao made an urgent phone call to Pakistan’s ambassador in China.
The spokesperson said that the Chinese minister expressed “grave concern” over incident during the call and demanded that Pakistan conducted a thorough probe immediately. The minister further demanded that the perpetrators of the attack should be apprehended and punished to full extent of the law and all possible measures be taken to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in Pakistan so that such incidents were prevented in the future.
“The Chinese embassy in Pakistan and consulate-general in Karachi are working with the Pakistani side to deal with the follow-up matters of the casualties,” the foreign ministry spokesperson said.
He also mentioned Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to the Chinese embassy in Islamabad on Tuesday evening, saying that the premier had conveyed his condolences and the Pakistan government would 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”.
The spokesperson quoted PM Shehbaz as saying that the Pakistan government would “never allow any force to undermine the Pakistan-China friendship”.