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PM Shehbaz Sharif to personally oversee security of Chinese nationals

Islamabad, 5 April, 2024(GNP): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif declared on Friday that he will review himself the meetings conducted concerning the security situation in the country in general and the security of the Chinese nationals working on different projects across the country in particular every month.

After an attack on Chinese engineers in Besham area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the prime minister has directed all the security agencies to take all the measures to ensure fool-proof security of the Chinese citizens present in Pakistan.

The premier’s direction came during a high-level meeting concerning the law and order situation in the country. The meeting has taken place after six people, including five Chinese engineers, were killed in a suicide attack in Besham, a remote area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on March 26.

A vehicle laden with explosive parked on the roadside exploded when the convoy, transporting Chinese engineers to the Dasu hydroelectric project site from Islamabad, passed by.

This was the second assault on Chinese workers at the Dasu project. In July 2021, a similar terrorist attack killed 13 people, including nine engineers.

In the meeting, PM Shehbaz decided to make a inclusive plan of action for regular audit of security SOPs. “We will continue the war against the monster of terrorism until it is eliminated from the country,” PM Shehbaz said.

Additionally, the premier directed the ministry of interior to increase cooperation with the provinces for the eradication of terrorism from the country and for bringing further improvement in the provincial anti-terrorism departments.

The premier’s direction came after the interior ministry gave an overview to the prime minister regarding the overall security situation of the country and the performance of the ministry.

Federal Interior Minister Syed Mohsin Naqvi, heads of security agencies and relevant senior officials attended the meeting.

The recent killing of Chinese nationals and attacks of facilities linked to China have evolved as a test for new government. Soon after the attacks, PM Shehbaz had instructed to conduct a thorough joint investigation, saying the offenders of the brutal act would be brought to justice swiftly.

A meeting attended by the federal ministers, chief of the army staff, chief ministers, chief secretaries and inspector generals of police of respective provinces had discussed in detail the attack on innocent civilians working on a development project, meant to contribute to energy and water security of Pakistan.

The COAS had reiterated the resolve of armed forces to eliminate the scourge of terrorism afflicting the country. Noting the recent surge in terrorist incidents, Gen Asim Munir had said that the enemies of Pakistan had once again underestimated the resilience and grit of the State and the people of Pakistan.