Pakistan Blast News: Beijing steps in to probe Pakistan bus blast case after death of 9 Chinese nationals | World News – Times of India


Beijing: Day after nine Chinese nationals were killed in an explosion in a bus in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, China has decided to step in to assist its ally to probe the matter.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Thursday announced that the country is set to send a cross-department workgroup to assist Pakistan on the case, Global Times reported.
The Chinese probe is being allowed even though the Imran Khan government has repeatedly stated that it won’t allow foreign security set up on its land.
The incident took place on July 14 in the Dasu area of Upper Kohistan district of the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where Chinese engineers and construction workers are helping Pakistan build a dam, which is part of the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals and two frontier corps soldiers, died and 39 others were injured when the bus carrying Chinese engineers and workers to the site of the under-construction Dassu Dam exploded. The bus fell into a deep ravine after the explosion.
The explosion in the bus has shocked Beijing, considering the number of Chinese casualties. It also resulted in confusion and rare differing views aired in public by the two all-weather allies.
Pakistan federal minister for information and broadcasting Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry yesterday tweeted: “Initial investigations into the Dassu [Dasu] incident have now confirmed traces of explosives. Terrorism cannot be ruled out, and the PM is personally supervising all developments. In this regard, the government is in close coordination with the Chinese embassy, and we are committed to fighting the menace of terrorism together.”
However, hours later the incident, the Pakistani foreign ministry issued a statement, calling the incident an accident caused by a mechanical failure, resulting in a gas leak that triggered the explosion.
Night of July 16, the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong visited the injured in the hospital. Nong also urged that the truth of the incident be found, and he called for severe punishment for anyone responsible.
It is to be noted, that the Imran Khan-led Pakistan government has been constantly rejecting the idea of allowing foreign forces on its land. The US appeal to set its military bases to the country amid the withdrawal of its troops from war-torn country Afghanistan had also been dismissed by the country’s Prime Minister repeatedly.





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