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Multiple explosions, gunshots fired near Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan: two police officers killed in attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi
| 25 November, 2018, 11:39

India condemned an attack on the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday (Nov 23), saying there was no justification for such violence.

Sources told Dunya News that Achhu, who planned the attack on the Chinese consulate, is now under treatment at Max Hospital in New Delhi, after being injured in an operation by Pakistani security forces near Sibi.

A blast and gunshots were also heard around the Chinese consulate, local media reported. "Such incidents will never be able to undermine the Pakistan-China relationship".

Senior doctor at Karachi's Jinnah Hospital Seemin Jamali said: "We have two cops brought dead and a security guard injured due to blast impact".

China has called Pakistan a showcase for its global development campaign, the Belt and Road Initiative.

At least seven people were killed as police clashed with the militants: three militants, two policemen and a father and son, Pakistani nationals, who were apparently at the consulate to pick up visas, The Associated Press said. "Pakistan and China have joint security attempts to prevent such attempts at destroying the work that the two countries are working on".

But the spokesman was keen to praise Pakistani security forces for its efforts to protect the consulate.

"A high alert has been issued and more security personnel deployed at Iranian and Afghan consulates in Quetta and other important places", said Quetta police chief Abdul Razzar Cheema.


"We have been seeing the Chinese as an oppressor, along with Pakistani forces", he said, adding they were "destroying the future of Balochistan". Still, China asked Pakistan to beef up security at the mission.

Three gunmen and four people were killed in an hour-long shootout near the Chinese consulate in southern port city of Karachi.

The suspected militants attempted to storm the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

The group later e-mailed a statement to media saying that the attack was "aimed at making it clear that China's military expansionism on Baloch soil will not be tolerated".

"The Prime Minister has ordered a complete inquiry into the incident and has desired that elements behind this incident must be unearthed", Mr Khan's office said in a statement, adding that the attack was part of a conspiracy aimed at undermining economic and strategic cooperation between the two nations.

Baluchistan, which is on the borders of Afghanistan and Iran, has rich mineral and natural gas reserves but is Pakistan's poorest province.

The USD 60 billion CPEC is a string of huge infrastructure investments by China in Pakistan which will link its western Xinjiang province with the Arabian Sea port of Gwadar in Balochistan.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that all 21 Chinese staff members were safe and unharmed.

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