“Stop exploitation”,
BLA again threatens
China and Pakistan
with “harsher attacks”

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QUETTA: A Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) spokesperson on Wednesday threatened Beijing with “harsher” attacks until it stopped its “exploitation projects” in the country’s southwestern Balochistan province.
“Hundreds of highly trained male and female members of the Baloch Liberation Army’s Majeed Brigade are ready to carry out deadly attacks in any part of Balochistan and Pakistan,” spokesman Jeeyand Baloch warned in a statement published in English.

BLA issued a picture of female suicide bomber with the name of Shari Baloch Alias Bramsh, Baloch Liberation Army – Majeed Brigade.

Baloch nationalist groups have regularly targeted Chinese workers in Pakistan where Beijing has been undertaking lucrative mining, energy and infrastructure development projects.

Reacting to Tuesday’s incident, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson maintained the “ironclad friendship” between China and Pakistan was unbreakable, reported the Associated Press of Pakistan.
“Once again, we mourn the passing of the Chinese and Pakistani victims and extend our sincere sympathies to the victims and to the injured and the bereaved families,” Wang Wenbin said.
“We will work together with Pakistan to crack down on terrorist forces and make sure the culprits behind the attack pay a heavy price,” he added.

Bilawal Bhutto visits Chinese Embassy Foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Wednesday expressed regret over the loss of life in a suicide attack in Karachi that targeted Chinese nationals, saying it was a “failed attempt” by militants to damage the longstanding relations between the two countries.
He issued the statement while visiting the Chinese embassy in Islamabad soon after taking oath to his office which made him the youngest foreign minister in his country’s history.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto visits Chinese embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday on April 27, 2022.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also directed the authorities to increase the security of Chinese residents and institutions in Pakistan.
“The relationship between Pakistan and China is a series of loyalties from generation to generation,” the foreign minister said. “Terrorists made a failed attempt to strike at the foundation of China-Pakistan friendship.” He added such malicious intentions of militants would not sabotage the relationship between the two countries.

Shehbaz Sharif orders increased security

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday directed authorities to increase the security of Chinese residents and institutions in the country, following a suicide bombing attack on Tuesday that killed three Chinese nationals.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif meeting Chinese Charge d’Affaires Pang Chunxue to express his grief and condolences in Islamabad.

The development comes a day after a deadly suicide bombing in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Tuesday that killed at least four people. Among them, three were Chinese nationals.
The explosion ripped through a van carrying the Chinese at the Karachi University’s campus around 2:00p.m. local time. The attack was claimed by the separatist Baloch Liberation Army, an outlawed group that frequently conducts attacks on Pakistan’s security forces.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif writing a special message of condolence to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Islamabad on Tuesday.

This latest attack is also the first big challenge for newly elected PM Sharif, who visited the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad on Tuesday and met Chinese Charge d’Affaires Pang Chunxue to express his grief and condolences over the deaths of Chinese nationals. “Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif also directed to increase the security of Chinese residents and institutions in Pakistan and make them foolproof. He reassured that no effort would be spared to bring these criminals to justice,” a statement from the PM Office said.

KARACHI: Picture shows officials at site of the incident at the Karachi University on Tuesday.

PM Sharif condemned the “incident of terrorism in the strongest words and was determined to eradicate all forms of terrorism and terrorists from Pakistani soil.”

A screen grab shows a suicide bomber standing near the van and holding a remote control in her hand.

He assured that the incident would be investigated expeditiously and the country would make an example out of the culprits behind this horrific attack.
The prime minister also directed Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah to visit Karachi on Wednesday and pledged that “he won’t rest until these murderers of Chinese Nationals were arrested and hanged till death.”

“Pak-China friendship has been attacked, we will deal with it with full force,” interior minister Sanaullah said in a statement on Wednesday adding “we will review all security apparatus for Chinese residents and take effective measures after a thorough review of security.”

Advice letter released by Karachi University

Beijing has pledged over $60 billion for infrastructure projects in Pakistan under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor framework that is a central part of China’s initiative to forge new “Silk Road” land and sea ties to markets in the Middle East and Europe.