China warns day after Karachi blast kills 3 of its nationals

Islamabad: Beijing has demanded Islamabad to increase efforts to protect Chinese projects and personnel in Pakistan and address the “root cause of the problem” of terrorism after a blast in Karachi claimed the lives of three Chinese nationals.

Three Chinese nationals were among the four persons killed in a car explosion inside the premises of the University of Karachi on April 26. The blast occurred in a van near Confucius Institute — a Chinese language teaching center at Karachi University.

The Chinese state media outlet condemned the blast and demanded the Pakistani side make more efforts to protect the safety of Chinese projects and personnel.

“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,” the Global Times said in an editorial.

The attack was carried out by Shari Baloch, BLA’s first suicide bomber.

The English language newspaper argued that China must warn that forces targeting Chinese nationals in attacks will be stricken the hardest.

The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), which claimed responsibility for this incident, has repeatedly threatened to launch attacks on Chinese companies and citizens in Pakistan, the newspaper said.

The attack was carried out by a Baloch female suicide bomber, who belonged to the Majeed Brigade. This is the first attack by a female suicide bomber from the BLA in Pakistan, adding massive concerns over the security situation in the country, which has seen a major surge in terror attacks by various terror organizations including the Baloch separatists and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

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