Beijing has demanded Islamabad to step up efforts to protect Chinese projects and staff in Pakistan and address the “root causes” of terrorism, after an explosion in Karachi on Tuesday claimed the lives of three Chinese nationals.
Three Chinese nationals were among four people killed in a car explosion inside the Karachi University premises on Tuesday. The explosion occurred in a van near the Confucius Institute – a Chinese language teaching center at Karachi University.
Chinese state media condemned the blast and demanded that Pakistan do more to protect the safety of Chinese projects and personnel.
“We strongly urge Pakistanis to do more to protect the safety of Chinese institutions, projects and personnel in Pakistan, and make the organization understand that those who try to harm the Chinese will only bring destruction to themselves,” the Global Times said. in an editorial.
The English -language newspaper argued that China must warn that teams targeting Chinese nationals in attacks would be the toughest.
The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which claimed responsibility for the incident, has repeatedly threatened to launch attacks on Chinese companies and citizens in Pakistan, the newspaper said.
The BLA attacked the Chinese consulate in Karachi in 2018 and launched a suicide attack near the Port of Gwadar in August 2021, injuring a Chinese national. “It can be said that some serious terrorist attacks against Chinese citizens have been linked to this group,” the editorial said.
According to a daily newspaper backed by the Chinese Communist party, Pakistan has strengthened the protection of Chinese citizens but failed to address the root cause of the problem.
“We must stress that Pakistan has strengthened the protection of Chinese citizens in recent years but without addressing the root causes of the problem, there will always be weaknesses,” he added.