China condemns Pakistan bombing which killed its citizens
Beijing, Apr 27 (EFE).- China on Wednesday condemned the suicide attack a day earlier at a Pakistani university in which at least four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed.
The attack, claimed by separatist group Baloch Liberation Army, has led to the death of three Chinese citizens working at the Confucius Institute of the Karachi University.
“The blood of the Chinese people should not be shed in vain and those behind this incident will pay the price,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement published by state daily Global Times.
“China strongly condemns and expresses great indignation over this major terrorist attack, conveys deep condolences to the victims and sympathies to the injured and bereaved families,” it added.
Beijing’s assistant foreign minister Wu Jianghao urged Pakistan to carry out a probe into the incident and take measures to ensure the security of Chinese citizens living in the South Asian country.
The latest attack comes amid rising insurgency-related violence in Pakistan, especially in the southwestern Balochistan province, the largest in the country and rich in natural resources.
The state has several armed separatist group of the Baloch ethnicity, including the BLA, which demand greater autonomy from Islamabad and accuse the central government of exploiting their natural resources in an unjust manner
In July 2021, at least nine Chinese employees and five Pakistanis were killed in a blast targeting the bus carrying them to a dam construction site in the northeastern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
China has a major presence in Pakistan due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a massive infrastructure project in which Beijing has invested over $60 billion. EFE