Balochistan [Pakistan], August 13: The Chinese Consulate General in Karachi issued a safety warning on Sunday following the targeted attack on a Chinese convoy in Balochistan.
“The Chinese Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan issued a safety warning on Sunday following an incident in which a Chinese convoy of engineers was attacked near the Gwadar police station.”
The attack occurred near the Gwadar police station in Balochistan when the convoy carrying 23 Chinese engineers was passing the police station and an IED blast took place.
Global Times on social media platform ‘X’, formerly known as Twitter shared a video and informed about the incident.
The van which was part of the convoy was shot at creating cracks in the glass.
As per the Global Times, the Chinese consulate has also asked to strictly control large-scale gathering activities due to the severe security situation.
According to local media reports, some people got injured, and routes toward the Gwadar Port were shut amid security concerns. Several injured people have been brought to hospitals in Gwadar after an attack on Chinese engineers.
Further details of the incident are awaited.Last week, at least seven people, including a chairman of a Union Council (UC), were killed in a landmine blast targeting a vehicle in Balochistan’s Panjgur district.
“Miscreants had planted a remote explosive device to target a vehicle carrying Balgatar UC Chairman Ishtiaq Yaqoob and others who were returning from a wedding ceremony,” the Dawn quoted Amjad Somro, deputy commissioner of Panjgur, as saying.
With the increase in terrorism incidents in the country, the Punjab Home Department has directed the Chinese nationals living in the province or working with private companies to hire private security companies of ‘A’ category for their security.
The home department and police held a meeting in the month of February this year to review the security of the Chinese nationals working on government and private projects in the province.
In 2014, the Punjab government had established the Special Protection Unit (SPU) as a dedicated unit for the security of foreigners working at different projects of national importance. As many as 3,336 security constables, 187 drivers, 20 wireless operators, 244 former army personnel in the rank of senior security constable to chief security officer and seven former army officers in the rank of additional director & deputy director were recruited in the SPU.
Keeping in view the job requirement, the personnel were imparted six months rigorous training at four police training schools by the professional trainers.
Presently, 3,829 officers and personnel of the SPU along with 2,552 attached personnel from districts are providing security to 7,567 Chinese working at four CPEC and 27 non-CPEC projects in the province. They are also providing security to the Chinese residing at 70 residences and 24 camps in the province.
With renewed attention after the horrific Karachi university incident which took the lives of several Chinese nationals, the Pakistani government has decided to bear the security costs of non-CPEC projects as well, media reports said citing sources.