Army chief assures full security to Chinese nationals working in Pakistan
by Shafqat Ali
RAWALPINDI, Jul.20(Gwadar Pro) - Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday afternoon assured full security to the Chinese nationals working in Pakistan.
In a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong here, General Bajwa said Pakistan Army “greatly values its brotherly relations with our time-tested friend” and also assured “full support, cooperation and security” to the Chinese citizens working in Pakistan.
The army chief said that “while we work for peace, we need to stay strong to thwart designs of all inimical forces challenging our resolve particularly those threatening China-Pakistan strategic cooperation.”
In the wake of the recent Dasu bus incident involving Chinese citizens, General Bajwa extended heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the government and the people of China, particularly the bereaved families.
"Both sides agreed on the need for continuous engagement and coordination for peace and stability in the region," said a military statement.
Following the incident on July 14 where nine Chinese nationals were killed, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had issued a statement advising the Chinese living in Pakistan to “stay on alert, pay close attention to the local security situation, strengthen security protection, take strict precautions, and stop going out unless necessary.”
Later, a team comprising at least 15 Chinese investigators arrived in Pakistan and joined the officials probing the incident.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said the investigation was in the final stages and the highest institutions of Pakistan were probing it. He had confirmed that 15 individuals from China were included in the investigation as well.
“We completely reassure the Chinese government that these culprits, hidden hands and enemies of CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) and China-Pakistan friendship will never be forgiven at any cost,” said the minister.