Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday strongly condemned the attack on Chinese Consulate and ordered a complete inquiry.
“The Prime Minister has ordered a complete inquiry into the incident and has desired that elements behind this incident must be unearthed,” PM Khan’s office says in a statement, adding that “the attack is part of a conspiracy aimed at undermining economic and strategic cooperation between the two nations”. “Such incidents will never be able to undermine Pak-China relationship,” the statement adds. “Karachi police and Rangers have shown exceptional courage and nation salutes the martyrs and their colleagues for acting so vigilantly, their gallantry is something we are proud of.”
Earlier addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “21 people were present inside the Chinese consulate in Karachi. All remained safe. [All] three terrorists were killed,” the foreign minister told the state television. “It was a cowardly attempt by terrorists.” ”The situation is under control and the area has been cleared,” Qureshi said. “We have provided our embassy in Beijing with all the updates. As soon as China’s foreign minister is available on the phone, I will personally inform him of the whole situation” he added.
Earlier, two police officials were martyred in an exchange of fire outside the Chinese Consulate General in Karachi’s Clifton Block 4 on Friday morning. According to Sindh Police, attackers attempted to enter the Chinese consulate and fired upon being stopped by security guards.
“Terrorists attempted to enter Chinese consulate. Rangers and police have got control. Three terrorists killed. All Chinese safe. Situation under control”, ISPR said in an statement.
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