Beijing: After three Chinese citizens were killed in a bombing in Karachi on Tuesday, Beijing requested that Islamabad improve measures to secure Chinese projects and employees in Pakistan and address the “main cause of the problem” of terrorism.
On Tuesday, three Chinese nationals were among the four people murdered in a vehicle explosion on the campus of the University of Karachi. The explosion happened in a vehicle near Karachi University’s Confucius Institute, which teaches Chinese language.
The Chinese state-run media criticised the explosion and called on Pakistan to do more to ensure the safety of Chinese projects and workers.
“We strongly demand that the Pakistani side make more efforts to protect the safety of Chinese institutions, projects and personnel in Pakistan, and make those organizations understand that those who try to hurt the Chinese will only bring destruction on themselves,” a newspaper editorial wrote.
According to the English-language daily, China must issue a warning that troops attacking Chinese people would be hit the hardest.
According to the publication, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which claimed responsibility for the event, has vowed to strike Chinese firms and residents in Pakistan on several occasions.
In 2018, the BLA assaulted the Chinese embassy in Karachi, and in August 2021, a Chinese person was injured in a suicide attack near the Gwadar Port. “It can be said that several serious terrorist attacks against Chinese citizens are linked to this group,” the editorial said.
Pakistan has improved the safety of Chinese people, according to a Chinese Communist Party-backed tabloid, but has failed to address the core causes of the problem.
“We must point out that Pakistan has strengthened the protection of Chinese nationals in recent years but without addressing the root causes of the problem, there will always be loopholes,” it added.