Wednesday Aug 25, 2021
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's National Security Advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf Tuesday categorically stated that militants responsible for attacks on Chinese nationals will not be spared.
The NSA was speaking to State Councilor, Minister of the Public Security of the People’s Republic of China Zhao Kezhi when he made these comments.
Yusuf said the perpetrators of attacks on Chinese nationals working in Pakistan will be brought to justice. He and Zhao discussed the two countries' relations during their conversation as well as regional peace and security.
At least 12 people, including nine Chinese nationals working on the Dasu Hydropower Project project, were killed when a bus carrying them fell into a ravine following an explosion on July 14. In another incident, a convoy of Chinese nationals was targeted in Gwadar last week.
Both sides resolved to remain closely engaged over the evolving situation in the region and reiterated the importance of and their support to a peaceful political settlement and all inclusive setup in Afghanistan.
Yusuf and Zhao both agreed that Pakistan and China's all-weather friendship cannot be sabotaged by third countries. On the issue of Afghanistan, both agreed that the country should not be used by militants to spread terror and anarchy.
Both sides expressed satisfaction over the excellent bilateral relations between their two countries. Zhao said he was looking forward to visit Pakistan and meet Moeed once the COVID-19 situation improved.
Earlier this month, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said that a RAW-NDS nexus was behind the terrorist attack in Dasu that had claimed the lives of multiple Chinese workers.
Qureshi, addressing a press conference in Islamabad, had said: "Afghanistan's land was used in concocting the plan; the planning and execution link clearly to the RAW and NDS nexus."
An investigation into the tragic incident was carried out with the assistance of a 15-member Chinese security team.
"The nexus cannot bear China and Pakistan's growing cooperation and increasing Chinese investment in the country," the foreign minister had said, adding: "Alhamdulillah, they failed in their attempts."
Pakistani authorities have traced the handlers of the incident and the investigation revealed that the car used in the incident was smuggled into Pakistan, the foreign minister had said.
The probe also revealed that the terrorists' primary target was the Diamer-Bhasha Dam, but when they failed there, they chose Dasu next, he added.
The government arrived at a conclusion after taking into account several aspects of the investigation, Qureshi had said.