Chinese confidence in Pakistan’s security ‘shaken’

ISLAMABAD: There may not have been an exodus of Chinese workers from Pakistan after the Karachi University attack, but they seem less confident about the country’s ability to protect them.

“Chinese confidence in the ability of Pakistan’s security system to protect its citizens and their projects is seriously shaken,” said Senator Mushahid Hussain, chairman of the Senate Defense Committee.

Senator Mushahid, who led a Senate delegation to the Chinese Embassy last week to express condolences for the loss of three Chinese lives in a suicide attack on their van on university premises last month, shared the mood on the Chinese side in a conversation with Dawn Friday.

The attack on the University of Karachi was the third terrorist attack against Chinese citizens on Pakistani soil in a year.

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“This has caused great concern and understandable outrage in China. More so, the pattern of attacks is so recurrent and it is clear that Pakistan’s promises of ‘ironclad security’ are just words, unaccompanied by countermeasures on the ground,” he argued.

Criticizing the security arrangements, he said the security agencies appeared to have been caught napping. “If such attacks continue, not only Chinese investors but also other foreign investors will be forced to reconsider their role in Pakistan,” he said.

Social media reported Chinese workers leaving Pakistan in large numbers after the attack.

A Chinese source denied this information, adding that it was a regular movement of Chinese workers and citizens living in Pakistan on a weekly flight from Karachi, presented by some as an “exodus”.

The source, however, noted that the terrorist attacks are impacting the confidence of the Chinese community living here.

The FIA’s cybercrime wing said the tweet claiming thousands of Chinese were leaving Karachi airport due to threats was a “baseless and panic-creating video tweet”.

FIA Cybercrime Chief Sindh Imran Riaz said Dawn this action would be taken against the person who tweeted it once ongoing investigations are completed.

At a press conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao expressed hope that “the terrorist forces’ plot to undermine the two countries’ mutual trust and cooperation will not succeed. not “.

He said the Chinese side will work with Pakistan to conduct a thorough investigation, reveal the truth, bring the perpetrators to justice and explain to the people of both countries.

China, he said, attaches importance to strengthening Pakistan’s security measures to protect Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan and stands ready to work with the Pakistani side to ensure progress. safe and smooth bilateral cooperation and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. .

Posted in Dawn, May 8, 2022

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