Chinese envoy continuing his meetings in Quetta: Sh Rasheed

Says hotel blast was suicide attack in which 80kg explosives were used

By: News Desk      Published: 03:21 PM, 22 Apr, 2021
Chinese envoy continuing his meetings in Quetta: Sh Rasheed
Sheikh Rashid addresses a news conference.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said that the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan is still in Quetta but at someplace other than the hotel and is safe after last night suicide attack, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The minister was talking to the media persons in Islamabad and shared the latest updates after the Quetta blast incident on Wednesday night.

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong also tweeted on Thursday (today), “Impressive visit of Rashakai Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and effective communication with all stakeholders in regard to the SEZ to secure its development and growth.”

The minister said the Chinese envoy was still in Quetta and is continuing his routine meetings.

Sheikh Rasheed said that the suicide bomber remained in the car with 60kg to 80kg explosives (C-4 type) when he carried out the attack at around 10:15pm.

The Interior Minister said that five people were martyred and 12 others were injured in the suicide attack while one injured is in critical condition.

“We had the reports of a possible attack. TTP itself said the outfit is active. We have defeated the TTP in the past,” Sheikh Rasheed said.

“The forces working against Pakistan’s development wanted to destabilize the peace of the country. Gwadar is Pakistan’s future and China is Pakistan’s time-tested friend,” Sheikh said.

The minister said security has been beefed up in the country and forces and spy agencies are working to safeguard the country as they had laid down their lives to protect the soil in the past.

Sheikh Rasheed vowed to fail the conspiracy being hatched in neighbouring countries. “We already handed over many pickets of Frontier Constabulary (FC) to the police and were ready to give more pickets but this is not possible now,” he added.

Funeral held

The funeral prayers of two people martyred in the Quetta blast were held here On Thursday, reported News24HD TV Channel. 

Deputy Manager Serena Hotel Shahzeb Shahid and student Aimal Kasi were killed in the blast. They both were friends and they were buried in Kasi graveyard. A large number of people attended the funeral prayers. Every eye was tearful at this somber ceremony. 

TTP claims Quetta blast

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Thursday for the deadly suicide blast at a luxury hotel. 

"The suicide bomber hit the security officials exactly as it was planned," the spokesperson for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said in a statement.