'Bid to sabotage China-Pakistan bonding will never succeed', says Beijing after Bisham suicide attack

Beijing urges Islamabad to expedite hunt for perpetrators, steps for safety of Chinese personnel in Pakistan

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian (left) addresses the press conference on March 27, 2024, and security officials inspecting site of the attack near Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bisham city on March 26, 2024. — Chinese foreign ministry/AFP
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian (left) addresses the press conference on March 27, 2024, and security officials inspecting site of the attack near Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bisham city on March 26, 2024. — Chinese foreign ministry/AFP
  • Beijing asks Islamabad to speed up hunt for perpetrators: Lin Jian.
  • Says China committed to working with Pakistan in various fields.
  • "China and Pakistan have resolve to make terrorists pay the price".

After a deadly attack on Chinese engineers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province yesterday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian said Wednesday that attempt to sabotage China-Pakistan cooperation would ever succeed, and "Beijing remains firm in its commitment to working with Islamabad in various fields".

Jian made the statement while addressing a regular press conference today after a fierce terrorist attack in Shangla district targeting a vehicle, resulting in killing of a woman among five Chinese nationals, and a Pakistani driver on Tuesday.

China and Pakistan have the resolve and capability to make the terrorists pay the price, the official said, adding: “Our two countries are all-weather strategic cooperative partners. Our iron-clad friendship is deeply rooted in the two peoples.”

“We strongly condemn this act of terrorism. We express deep condolences over the lives lost and extend sincere sympathies to the bereaved families. We have previously stated our position on this incident,” Jian reacted to the Shangla attack in which a suicide bomber crashed his explosives-laden car into the vehicle carrying the victims.

Security officials inspect the wreckage of a vehicle carrying Chinese nationals that plunged into a deep ravine after a suicide attack near Bisham city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla district on March 26, 2024. — AFP
Security officials inspect the wreckage of a vehicle carrying Chinese nationals that plunged into a deep ravine after a suicide attack near Bisham city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla district on March 26, 2024. — AFP

He elaborated that Chinese foreign ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan activated the emergency response mechanism and swiftly engaged in emergency response and close communication with Pakistan both in Beijing and Islamabad.

“We asked Pakistan to speed up the hunt for the perpetrators, punish them by law, let justice be done for the victims, and take effective steps to protect the safety and security of Chinese personnel in Pakistan.”

“Pakistan promised to thoroughly investigate the incident, provide timely updates on the progress of the investigation, strengthen security measures for Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan, and ensure the safety of Chinese nationals in Pakistan. Relevant work is proceeding in an orderly way.”

The official appreciated response from some countries which condemned the terrorist attack and extended condolences over the Chinese victims.

“We reiterate that terrorism is a common enemy of humanity. It’s the shared responsibility of the global community to fight terrorism and stop such tragedies from happening again,” he added.

Reitering Beijing’s response, Jian said: “China firmly supports Pakistan in fighting terrorism. We are solid in our commitment to the safety and security of Chinese nationals, institutions and projects overseas.”

It was not the first time that Chinese nationals came under attack in Dasu, the site of a major dam, as 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, were killed in an explosion in 2021.

Chinese engineers are currently working on a number of projects in Pakistan with Beijing investing over $65 billion in infrastructure works as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under Beijing's wider Belt and Road initiative.

No one claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack, nor was there a claim for the 2021 attack.