In response to the bus explosion in Pakistan that killed nine Chinese citizens, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Thursday that China will send a working group to Pakistan to coordinate the response. Pakistan earlier said the bus explosion may have been caused by a gas leak triggered by a malfunction. China insists the bus was hit by a bomb.
China’s foreign ministry said it would send a working group to Pakistan to coordinate the response to the Pakistani car bombing, Reuters reported today.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi in Dushanbe on Wednesday that he was shocked by the serious casualties among Chinese personnel in Pakistan. It is hoped that the Pakistani side will quickly identify the cause of the incident, make every effort to treat the injured, make timely rehabilitation and prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.
If it is a terrorist attack, the culprits should be immediately apprehended and the perpetrators severely punished,” according to Wang Yi, who said lessons should be learned from the incident and security measures for China-Pakistan cooperation projects should be further strengthened to ensure that all projects can operate safely and smoothly.
The Chinese embassy in Pakistan issued a statement on Wednesday saying that nine Chinese personnel have been killed, and reminded Chinese citizens, enterprises and projects in Pakistan to pay close attention to the local security situation, strengthen the security of project personnel, take strict precautions and do not go out unless necessary.
The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan published a statement on its official website, saying that on July 14 (Wednesday) at around 7:00 local time, an explosion occurred on a shuttle bus on its way to the construction site of the Dasu hydropower project in the Cape Province, which was constructed by a Chinese company. The Chinese embassy in Pakistan has activated the emergency plan and asked to strengthen the security of Chinese institutions, projects and personnel in Pakistan, and to find out the truth about this incident as soon as possible.
AFP said earlier that the exploded bus was carrying about 40 Chinese engineers, surveyors and machinery personnel to a hydroelectric dam site in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the 14th.