Beijing’s move follows stop funding of major road projects
Following its decision to temporarily stop funding of at least three major road projects being built under its $50 billion china-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Beijing has warned its nationals in Pakistan of series of imminent “terrorist attacks” on Chinese targets in the country.
In a similar move on October 22 this year, China had asked Pakistan to provide additional security for its Ambassador in Islamabad after he received threats from outlawed extremist separatist groups. An official letter was sent to Pakistan’s Interior Ministry.
According to Reuters, Chinese embassy in Pakistan uploaded a statement on Friday, warning all “Chinese- invested organizations and Chinese citizens to increase security awareness, strengthen internal precautions’ reduce trips outside as much as possible and avoid crowded public spaces.”
“It is understood that terrorists plan in the near term to launch a series of attacks against Chinese organisations and personnel in Pakistan,” the statement said.
Thousands of Chinese citizens are working in Pakistan in the projects related to CPEC aimed to connect China with Middle East and Europe.
The Chinese embassy also advised its nationals to cooperate with police and military and to alert the mission in case of an emergency.
In October, CPEC focal person Ping Ying Fi, had asked Pakistani authorities ti immediately arrest a militant Abdul Wali, who wanted to assassinate Chinese ambassador in Islamabad.
On December 5, China had decided to stop funding three road projects related to CPEC following reports of corruption leaving Islamabad officials “stunned”. The decision is likely to hit over Rs. One trillion worth road projects of the Pakistan’s Highway Authority (NHA).
The flagship project of China’s prestigious One Belt One Road, passed through Pakistan occupied kashmir (PoK) linking China’s restive Xinjiang region with Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
The security of the Chinese officials in Pakistan is a major issue and army has been assigned to provide security to Chinese working on various projects, including CPEC.