Pakistan's foreign minister blames Afghanistan and India for suicide attack on Chinese workers

Islamabad, Pakistan Pakistan’s foreign minister has accused India and Afghanistan of backing a suicide bombing which killed nine Chinese workers on July 14, and called for the remaining perpetrators to be handed over to Islamabad for trial.

Die aanval, which took place in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, links 13 people dead and dozens injured after a bus convoy carrying Chinese engineers to a construction site was rammed by a car carrying more than 100 kilogram (220 pond) of explosives, according to Pakistan authorities. Two Pakistan soldiers were also killed in the attack.
Speaking at a press briefing Thursday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi alleged the attack had been carried out bythe Pakistani Taliban out of Afghanistan,” with the approval of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security and India’s Research and Analysis Wing.
    Qureshi said Pakistan would be facilitating and assisting China topunish those behind this attack,” and putting in a request to the Afghan government tohand over the three plannerswho he alleged were still operating out of the country.
      Qureshi did not provide any further evidence of Afghan or Indian intelligence’s role in the July 14 aanval. An Indian official told Reuters that the allegations were baseless.
        A spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that China appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to find those behind the attack, adding that the investigation was still ongoing. The Chinese government had previously said it would send experts to Pakistan to assist in the investigation.
        China and Pakistan will follow the important consensus reached by the leaders on both sides, ascertain all the facts and truth, and hold the culprits accountable and bring them to justice,” said spokeswoman Hua Chunying.
          China has extensive economic interests in neighboring Pakistan, one of Beijing’s strongest diplomatic allies in the region, including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road global infrastructure plan. Many Chinese nationals have traveled to Pakistan to work on the roads, railways and pipelines that are part of the multibillion dollar project.
          Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua said Thursday both countries would keep strengthening security cooperation mechanisms to ensure the safety of Chinese projects, people and institutions in Pakistan.
          Hua also said that China firmly opposes any organization using terrorism to seek geopolitical gains and called on countries in the region to collaborate in eradicating all terrorist organizations so as to uphold common security and development interests of all countries.
            The Chinese government met with senior leaders of the Afghanistan Taliban op Julie 28 as part of an ongoing effort by Beijing to help maintain stability in the region amid rapid gains by the Islamist group following a withdrawal of US troops from the country.
            In onlangse jare, Islamist militants have attacked Chinese nationals and their interests in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan.

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