China assured of ‘robust security’ after consulate attack

China assured of ‘robust security’ after consulate attack
Paramilitary soldiers and police officers gather outside, after an attack on the Chinese consulate, where blasts and shots were heard, in Karachi, Pakistan Nov, 23, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 24 November 2018

China assured of ‘robust security’ after consulate attack

China assured of ‘robust security’ after consulate attack
  • Thorough investigation will be carried out, says foreign minister
  • Attack was attempt to hurt ties and harm CPEC, says China 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is fully committed to taking all necessary measures to provide robust security to all Chinese nationals in the country, the Foreign Ministry said late Friday.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi held an urgent call with his counterpart Wang Yi following an attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, apprising him of the details and highlighting the prompt action of Pakistani law enforcement officials.
Three gunmen stormed the consulate but were killed before they could enter the building, and at least two policemen died.
“He assured the State Councilor (Wang) that a thorough investigation will be carried out to apprehend the perpetrators, their financiers, planners and facilitators,” the ministry said. 
The two countries will continue to cooperate to thwart the designs of “hostile forces against their time-tested friendship.”
Wang also condemned the attack, according to the statement, saying it was an attempt to hurt ties between the two countries and harm the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He stressed that their “brotherhood was clad in iron and such cowardly attacks could not affect it.”
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the Karachi attack and another that happened on Friday at a market in the north-west province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. At least 30 were killed.
“He hopes those responsible for the attacks will be swiftly brought to justice,” read a statement from his office.
The United States also condemned the two attacks. 
“We send our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and wish for the speedy recovery of those injured,” Heather Nauert from the US State Department said.
“We also commend the Pakistani security forces’ quick and brave response to the attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi that prevented further loss of life.
“The United States stands with the Pakistani people in the face of these terrorist acts, and will continue to seek opportunities to cooperate with the Pakistani government to combat these threats in the region.”