Chinese national wounded in gun attack in Karachi

Chinese foreign ministry says Beijing confident Islamabad will ensure safety of Chinese nationals and assets in Pakistan

By: 24 News      Published: 01:01 PM, 28 Jul, 2021
Chinese national wounded in gun attack in Karachi
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A car of Chinese people came under fire when unknown assailants sprayed it with bullets injuring a Chinese man in Gulbai area of Karachi. The Chinese foreign ministry has confirmed the incident saying China is fully confident that the Pakistani side will ensure the safety of Chinese nationals and assets in Pakistan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

DIG South Javed Akbar Riaz said that a car in which Chinese were travelling came under fire near Gulbai area of Karachi on Wednesday. He stated that three people including a driver and two Chinese who were sitting on the back seats were travelling in the car. 

The DIG further said that the Chinese were going to a factory in Site Area from their residence in Defence, Khiyabad Badr area in a car. 

Police recorded the statement of the driver of the car. He said that at some place near Maripur Road, some assailants opened fire on the car. He stated that it was difficult to say where exactly the incident of firing happened due to the traffic rush. 

He said that the bullets came from the right side of the car but he did not hear any sound of the firing. One Chinese was hit by bullets but the other remained unscathed. The driver stated that he came to know about the firing when one of the Chinese got injured by bullets. 

The DIG said that the injured received three bullets, two bullets hit his arms and one bullet passed by hitting his face. He reckoned that the assailants might have used a gun with silencer. He informed that the condition of the injured foreigner was out of danger. 

He said the police had started investigation considering all aspects. 

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also confirmed the incident. 

"China is following this matter closely and the relevant case is still under investigation," said Zhao.

"This incident is an isolated case. We are fully confident that the Pakistani side will ensure the safety of Chinese nationals and assets in Pakistan," he added.

According to AFP, at least one Chinese national was wounded in a gun attack in Karachi, in the latest assault targeting Chinese citizens in the country.

Local police said two masked assailants riding on a motorbike fired at a car carrying two Chinese nationals, who were working at a nearby factory in the city. One of the passengers sustained an injury to his arm in that attack.

"He is stable as fortunately he was not hit on any vital part of his body," Javed Akbar Riaz, the police chief of Karachi's southern district, told AFP.

A spokesman with the Karachi police force confirmed the incident. 

The shooting comes just weeks after nine Chinese nationals were killed in Dasu when their bus carrying a team of engineers, surveyors and mechanical staff to a nearby dam site was targeted in a bombing.

A recent report in the Chinese state media suggested that the bus assault was carried out by Uyghur militants or the Pakistani Taliban. 

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

 Dasu, Lahore blasts orchestrated by India; LEAs nab two 

 Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies on Wednesday arrested two suspects involved in Dasu bus blast that killed nine Chinese engineers. 

The LEAs have found a link between the Dasu bus attack and Johar Town, Lahore bomb blast. The law enforcers believed that the two bombing incidents were orchestrated by the Indian intelligence agency, RAW. 

The law enforcers got the lead by tracing the contacts of the terrorists and arrested two suspects, sources said and added that the car used in the Dasu bus blast belonged to a resident of Lahore. 

Sources divulged that the arrested suspects were two real brothers and they hailed from Quetta. They have been living in P block of Defence area for the last 15 years. 

Reporters Saud bin Murtaza, Irfan Malik