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Pakistan’s international minister blames Afghanistan and India for suicide assault on Chinese language staff

Islamabad, Pakistan CNN —  

Pakistan’s international minister has accused India and Afghanistan of backing a suicide bombing which killed 9 Chinese language staff on July 14, and known as for the remaining perpetrators to be handed over to Islamabad for trial.

The assault, which happened in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, left 13 individuals lifeless and dozens injured after a bus convoy carrying Chinese language engineers to a building website was rammed by a automotive carrying greater than 100 kilograms (220 kilos) of explosives, in line with Pakistan authorities. Two Pakistan troopers have been additionally killed within the assault.

Talking at a press briefing Thursday, Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi alleged the assault had been carried out by “the Pakistani Taliban out of Afghanistan,” with the approval of Afghanistan’s Nationwide Directorate of Safety and India’s Analysis and Evaluation Wing.

Qureshi mentioned Pakistan could be facilitating and helping China to “punish these behind this assault,” and placing in a request to the Afghan authorities to “hand over the three planners” who he alleged have been nonetheless working in a foreign country.

Qureshi didn’t present any additional proof of Afghan or Indian intelligence’s position within the July 14 assault. An Indian official informed Reuters that the allegations have been baseless.

A spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs mentioned on Thursday that China appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to search out these behind the assault, including that the investigation was nonetheless ongoing. The Chinese language authorities had beforehand mentioned it might ship consultants to Pakistan to help within the investigation.

“China and Pakistan will comply with the vital consensus reached by the leaders on either side, confirm all of the info and reality, and maintain the culprits accountable and produce them to justice,” mentioned spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

China has in depth financial pursuits in neighboring Pakistan, one in every of Beijing’s strongest diplomatic allies within the area, together with the China-Pakistan Financial Hall, a part of Chinese language President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Highway world infrastructure plan. Many Chinese language nationals have traveled to Pakistan to work on the roads, railways and pipelines which might be a part of the multibillion greenback mission.

Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Hua mentioned Thursday each nations would preserve strengthening safety cooperation mechanisms to make sure the security of Chinese language initiatives, individuals and establishments in Pakistan.

Hua additionally mentioned that China firmly opposes any group utilizing terrorism to hunt geopolitical positive factors and known as on nations within the area to collaborate in eradicating all terrorist organizations in order to uphold widespread safety and improvement pursuits of all nations.

The Chinese language authorities met with senior leaders of the Afghanistan Taliban on July 28 as a part of an ongoing effort by Beijing to assist preserve stability within the area amid speedy positive factors by the Islamist group following a withdrawal of US troops from the nation.

In recent times, Islamist militants have attacked Chinese language nationals and their pursuits within the Pakistani province of Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan.

CNN’s Philip Wang in Atlanta and Nectar Gan in Hong Kong contributed to this report.


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