Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif urged on Tuesday, a day after a telephone chat with his Chinese counterpart, to secure the security of Chinese nationals in Pakistan.
“Attempts to undermine the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are not acceptable at all,” Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif stated at a high-level meeting in Islamabad.
He instructed the competent authorities to take immediate steps to repair the country’s law and order situation.
The conference was attended by chief secretaries, high-ranking security officials, personnel from the Interior Ministry, and representatives from the CPEC Authority. The security of Chinese nationals in the country was discussed at the conference.
PM assures Li Keqiang of the protection of Chinese nationals
PM Shahbaz Sharif had earlier told Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that Pakistan is committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure the security and safety of Chinese expats in Pakistan.
According to the PM Office, the two leaders had a lengthy telephonic talk that day. The conversations between the two presidents were warm and amicable, as is customary in the Pakistan-China relationship.
KU suicide bombing
The Karachi suicide bombing that killed three Chinese researchers was discussed during the talks.
The prime minister expressed his condolences to the Chinese government and people, as well as sympathy to the families of the terrorist assault victims.
PM Shahbaz condemned the terrorist assault and underlined Pakistan’s steadfast intention to conduct a comprehensive investigation and apprehend the perpetrators, bringing them to justice in accordance with local laws.
He also stated that the safety, security, and protection of all Chinese people working in Pakistan on economic projects and institutions was of the utmost significance to Pakistan.
Apart from deliberations on the attack, the two premiers also discussed bilateral issues in depth, agreeing that no one would be allowed to disrupt the two nations’ long-standing “All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership.”