Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with Chinese ambassador Pang Chunxae in the Chinese Embassy at Islamabad on Thursday, where he conveyed his heartfelt condolences for the Chinese nationals who perished in the Karachi Suicide bomb blast.
He also said that the main focus of Pakistan’s security forces at the moment is to capture terrorists responsible for the attack.
PM Sharif lamented the incident and assured the Chinese ambassador, that the terrorists responsible for attacking the Confucius College in Karachi will not go unpunished. Adding that the attack is a deliberate attempt to hamper the friendly relations between Pakistan and China.
He called for protection of all Chinese nationals currently present in Pakistan and added that authorities have stepped up their efforts to capture the terrorists responsible for the bombing.
Pakistan’s counter terrorism department (CTD) has been carrying out investigations into the terrorist organization named Baloch Liberation Group (BLA) that claimed responsibility for the attack. A few arrests have been made in connection to the blast, as authorities step up efforts to capture terrorists responsible for the attack.
The blast killed 4 victims, including 3 Chinese nationals. The deceased nationals were identified as the director of the Confucius Institute Huang Guiping, Chen Sai, Ding Mupeng, and their Pakistani driver named Khalid.
According to local intelligence, the blast occurred at around 1:52 PM in a van near the entrance of Confucius Institute, a Chinese language teaching center in the University of Karachi.
The Self Sacrifice
The female suicide bomber has been identified as 30 year old Shaori Baloch, a MPhil student and mother of two. She was married to a doctor and had joined the ranks of BLA’s special sacrifice squad two years ago.
Taking into account her two kids, she was allowed to opt out from the suicide squad but she refused. The BLA is aimed at liberating Baluchistan from Pakistani occupation and the statement released by BLA stated that 30 year old Shaori Baloch knew about Pakistan’s atrocities on Baloch people as she herself joined their ranks.
Previously during PM Imran Khan’s term no foreign security agencies were allowed to enter Pakistan for carrying out independent investigations, but under PM Shehbaz Sharif’s term Beijing is optimistic of holding their own independent investigation into the matter for faster and more convenient procedures.
Published By – Supreeti Ghosh