Chi­nese cit­i­zen tar­geted in Karachi blast

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

At least one per­son sus­tained mi­nor in­juries in a re­mote-con­trolled ex­plo­sion tar­get­ing a Chi­nese en­gi­neer in Karachi's Gul­shan-i-Hadeed area on Mon­day, po­lice said.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SSP) Rao An­war said a pam­phlet writ­ten in Sindhi and bear­ing the name of a group called ' Sind­hudesh Revo­lu­tion­ary Party' was re­cov­ered from the site of the blast. The pam­phlet de­nounced "for­eign con­trol over Sindh's natural re­sources".

The pam­phlet read [Trans­la­tion]: "We con­sider China, rising as a global power, to be an ally of Pak­istan, and also con­sider it an ac­com­plice of the Pun­jabi Es­tab­lish­ment in mak­ing Sindh slave to loot its re­sources, and there­fore we ac­cept the re­spon­si­bil­ity of bomb at­tack on Chi­nese in Gul­shan-i-Hadeed."

"We want to make it clear to China that we will op­pose every anti-Sindh project in­clud­ing the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC)," it fur­ther said. The in­jured was a driver for a Chi­nese en­gi­neer who was re­sid­ing in the area and trav­el­ing on the Na­tional High­way head­ing to­wards Port Qasim from Gul­shan-i-Hadeed with­out se­cu­rity. The Chi­nese na­tional was safe, said SSP Rao. The pam­phlet re­cov­ered from the site of the blast. ? DawnNews

Po­lice cor­doned off the area and col­lected ev­i­dence from the scene for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Five hun­dred grams of ex­plo­sives were used in the im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice (IED), which in­cluded nuts and bolts. Wit­nesses from a truck nearby re­ported see­ing a sus­pi­cious item in the green belt of the road, which ex­ploded as the black ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing the Chi­nese en­gi­neer passed by.

Ac­cord­ing to DIG East Zone Dr Kam­ran Fazal, the road­side bomb was planted op­po­site Quaid-i-Azam Park along Na­tional High­way.

Gul­shan-i-Hadeed is a neigh­bour­hood in Karachi's Bin Qasim Town. The town is sit­u­ated near Pak­istan Steel Mills and houses its work­ers.

Hun­dreds of Chi­nese work­ers are cur­rently work­ing all over Pak­istan on var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment projects, in­clud­ing the CPEC and the Thar coal power project. In Aug 2015, the Sindh po­lice claimed to have chalked out a com­pre­hen­sive se­cu­rity plan for Chi­nese na­tion­als and pro­fes­sion­als vis­it­ing Karachi and other parts of the prov­ince for CPECre­lated projects. Nearly six months ago, for 111 Chi­nese projects, the Sindh po­lice were en­sur­ing se­cu­rity to more than 1,500 na­tion­als of the neigh­bour­ing coun­try. The main re­spon­si­bil­ity for se­cur­ing the cor­ri­dor, vi­tal to Pak­istan's long-term pros­per­ity, lies with a new army di­vi­sion es­tab­lished in the last few months and num­ber­ing an es­ti­mated 13,000 troops.

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