India could be behind attack on Chinese citizens in Karachi, says interior minister

  • Chen Zhu, 46, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Zamzama Park on Jan 5
  • Such incidents would not weaken friendship between Pakistan and China: Ahsan Iqbal
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said India, which has undue apprehensions over China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, may be involved in the attack on two Chinese nationals in Karachi.

“Pakistan has established a strong force of 10,000 personnel for protection of Chinese citizens,” the minister told BBC in an interview. Ahasan said Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is under arrest on charges of espionage, has also admitted that there is an Indian spy network to sabotage the Corridor.

The two Chinese, employees of a shipping company, were riding in their car in an upmarket area on Monday when the attackers in another car opened fire on their vehicle, according to police, describing it as an apparent “targeted attack”.

Karachi police spring into action after Chinese national gunned down near Clifton

Chen Zhu, 46, suffered two bullet wounds to his head and later succumbed to his injuries.

“Such incidents would not weaken friendship between Pakistan and China and in fact further strengthen it,” Ahsan Iqbal said.

‘US aid will not stop’

On a question regarding allegations of terror safe havens in Pakistan, the minister quoted a statement from Washington that forty-five per cent of Afghan territory is under control of extremists and there is no reason for them to have sanctuaries in Pakistan.

According to the minister, the US administration has hinted that economic aid to Pakistan will not be stopped. He added that different lobbies are working in the US and want to introduce bills in the US Congress of their own choice.

The US is using different war tactics in Afghanistan according to its new policy, he further said.

“The geography of Pakistan and Afghanistan is the same, and Pakistan is the only important and supportive country for the United States in peace efforts in Afghanistan.”

Ahsan also rejected Afghanistan claim that the terrorists handed over by Pakistan were not Taliban but ordinary refugees.