China said it appreciates Pakistan’s efforts in investigating a terror attack that killed 9 Chinese nationals in July in northern Pakistan, Islamabad’s claim that Islamic militants had carried it out allegedly at the Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies.
The Chinese foreign ministry said Beijing “firmly opposes any force using terrorism to seek geopolitical gains and calls on countries in the region to collaborate in eradicating all terrorist organisations so as to uphold common security and development interests of all countries”.
The Chinese foreign ministry added that Pakistan’s investigation into the terror attack has seen major progress in quick time. Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement on Friday. “China pays great attention to this and expresses appreciation to Pakistan’s active efforts. Further investigation by Pakistan is still ongoing,”.
“Pakistan said that the planning for the terrorist attack was done in Afghanistan and the attack was executed by the Swat chapter of TTP. The attacker was trained in Afghanistan and the vehicle used in the attack was brought from Afghanistan to Pakista .The terrorist network the attacker is associated with has received support from Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies.”
“China and Pakistan will follow the important consensus reached by the leaders on both sides, ascertain all the facts , and hold the culprits accountable and bring them to justice,” she said.
Hua added, Both countries will keep strengthening security cooperation mechanisms to ensure the safety of Chinese projects, people and institutions in Pakistan.
According to reuters report On Thursday, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi claimed the deadly bus attack was a suicide bombing carried out by Islamist militants backed by Indian and Afghan intelligence agencie.
On July 14, the bus carrying the Chinese workers on way to a dam construction site was hit by a blast in the district of Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “An Indian government official said the charge was baseless and said Pakistan has made similar accusations repeatedly in the past,”.
After the incident, qiang had reportedly urged his Pakistani counterpart, Prime Minister Imran Khan, to hold accountable the culprits in what he as a “terrorist attack.