|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Remarks on the Terrorist Attack on a Van of the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi|
Q: It is reported that a van of the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi was hit by a suicide terrorist attack. Please brief us on the relevant situation and measures China has taken in response.
A: On the afternoon of April 26, a van of the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi was hit by a suicide terrorist attack. So far, the incident has left three Chinese teachers dead and one injured. There are also casualties on the Pakistani side. The Chinese side expresses strong condemnation and indignation over this major terrorist attack, and extends deep condolences to the victims and sympathies to the injured and bereaved families. The Chinese Foreign Ministry and diplomatic missions in Pakistan have activated the emergency response mechanism immediately after the incident. Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Jianghao made an urgent phone call to the Pakistani Ambassador to China to express extremely grave concern. He demanded that the Pakistani side should immediately make thorough investigation of the incident, apprehend and punish the perpetrators to the full extent of the law, and take all possible measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens in Pakistan and prevent such incidents from happening again. The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan and Consulate-General in Karachi are working with the Pakistani side to deal with the follow-up matters of the casualties.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan on the evening of April 26 to convey condolences, saying that the Pakistani government will conduct an in-depth probe into the incident, give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators, and strengthen security of Chinese personnel, projects and institutions in Pakistan in an all-round way. He said his government will never allow any force to undermine Pakistan-China friendship. Local authorities in Sindh and Karachi have launched a full-scale investigation to hunt down the perpetrators.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese diplomatic missions in Pakistan will continue to urge relevant Pakistani departments to handle properly the follow-up matters of those killed, treat the injured, and resolutely crack down on the terrorist organization involved. The blood of the Chinese people should not be shed in vain, and those behind this incident will surely pay the price.