Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday resolved to further strengthen the strategic ties between the two countries.
ISI chief arrives in China (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
Pakistan’s Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Faiz Hameed arrived in Beijing on Sunday to hold talks with Chinese officials. He has arrived in China at a time when tensions between the two countries have increased after a bus explosion. Nine Chinese civilians were killed in a blast on a bus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Quoting sources, Geo News said that Hameed will meet Chinese officials. This visit is also important because Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is also on a two-day visit to China. At least 13 passengers, including nine Chinese nationals, were killed in an explosion in Kohistan district when the bus was on its way to the Dasu Hydro Power Project.
Company stopped work on Dasu Dam project
Taking cognizance of the incident, China asked Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the terrorist attack to justice. According to a report by news agency ANI, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had called Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to take “necessary steps” to investigate the incident and bring the culprits to justice. The company involved in the Dasu Dam project had stopped work after the blast.
Expressing concern about the safety of its citizens working in different projects in Pakistan, China sent a team to Pakistan to investigate the blast on July 14. The Chinese Foreign Ministry had brought back the bodies of Chinese engineers by chartered aircraft. This issue was also raised by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
Joint statement issued by both the countries
The two foreign ministers condemned the incident and issued a joint statement saying, “Through the ongoing joint investigation, the two sides have sought to expose the perpetrators and their reprehensible designs, bring to justice the perpetrators, China’s projects, citizens and institutions.” Expressed his determination to ensure safety and prevent such incidents from happening again.
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