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China urges Pakistan to guarantee security of citizens after killing of Chinese man in Karachi

A lone gunman opened fire at 46-year-old Chen Zhu’s car in Clifton near Zamzama Park, in what police have called a targeted attack. A second Chinese national travelling with him survived the attack.

world Updated: Feb 06, 2018 19:32 IST
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The daylight shooting caused concern in China as several thousand Chinese are employed in Pakistan, working on a host of projects connected with the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
The daylight shooting caused concern in China as several thousand Chinese are employed in Pakistan, working on a host of projects connected with the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)(Representational Photo)

China on Tuesday urged Pakistan to guarantee the security of its citizens after a Chinese national was shot dead in Karachi by an unidentified gunman in what is being described as a targeted attack.

A second Chinese citizen escaped unhurt when the gunman opened fire on a car.

China’s foreign ministry said that Beijing “supported” Islamabad’s efforts to protect domestic security and stability.

“At the same time, we hope and believe that Pakistan will continue to take measures to guarantee the security of its institutions and personnel,” foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a regular news briefing.

Reports in the Pakistani media said the dead man, identified as Chen Zhu, 46, was the managing director of a shipping firm. Chen and his colleague Ye Fan were sitting in a parked car in a crowded area of Karachi when the unidentified gunman opened fire.

Chen was shot twice in the head, reports said.

“It appears to be a targeted incident,” an anonymous police officer was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper. Nine spent casings from a 9mm pistol were found at the site of the attack, the report said.

In Beijing, Geng said personnel from the Chinese consulate in Karachi went to the scene and later to the hospital to gather information on the incident. They, according to Geng, urged the Pakistani police to “do their utmost to solve the case and bring the murderers to justice as soon as possible”.

“We strongly condemn the criminals for their violent acts against Chinese citizens and will continue to closely monitor the progress of the case and provide active assistance to the families of the victims in dealing with the aftermath. China and Pakistan maintain close communication (on the case),” he said.

The Pakistani government and the military had taken a series of “anti-terrorism and social security governance actions” in recent years and China supports the Pakistan's “continuous efforts to promote relevant actions and safeguard domestic security and stability”, Geng said.

Two young Chinese nationals were kidnapped and then killed by the Islamic State in Pakistan’s Balochistan province in May last year. Their murders in a region that is at the centre of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative, triggered alarm bells in Beijing.

The Pakistan Army has raised a special force of thousands of personnel to provide security to Chinese nationals working in the country.