Pakistani top leadership’s show of solidarity with China over the killing of Chinese citizens in Karachi once again demonstrated that the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between China and Pakistan is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people and any attempt to undermine mutual trust and cooperation is doomed to fail, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Thursday.
Addressing a regular briefing, he said after the attack on the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi, President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and other lawmakers of the Senate of Pakistan and National Assembly visited the Chinese embassy to pay their condolences.
Different social sectors in Pakistan also expressed their condemnation and condolences.
“This once again shows that the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between China and Pakistan is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people and that the attempt of terrorist forces to undermine China-Pakistan mutual trust and cooperation is doomed to fail,” he said in response to a question raised by APP.
The spokesperson said that China would work with Pakistan to get to the bottom of the truth, bring the perpetrators to justice, and give a satisfactory explanation and answer to the two peoples.
He said that China paid great attention to Pakistan’s commitment to strengthening the security of Chinese personnel, projects and institutions.
“We are ready to work with Pakistan to ensure the smooth operation of our cooperation in a safe manner and prevent such incidents from happening again,” he added.
On April 26, three Chinese teachers of Confucius Institute at Karachi University and their driver were killed when their shuttle van was hit by a suicide attack.
Soon after the incident, PM Shehbaz visited the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad and met with China’s Acting Ambassador Pang Chunxue to convey his condolences.
He instructed the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident and assured them that the government would spare no efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and hold them accountable.
On the same afternoon, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah paid a visit to the Chinese Consulate General in Karachi to offer condolences to the families of the victims.
Later, President Alvi, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, and several members of the Senate of Pakistan and National Assembly paid separate visits to the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad to offer condolences and express solidarity and support.
They strongly condemned the Karachi blast in which three Chinese teachers and a Pakistani driver lost their lives.