ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday visited Chinese Embassy in Islamabad and met with the Chinese authorities.
Speaking on the occasion, the foreign minister expressed grief over loss of precious human lives during terrorist attack on Chinese nationals in Karachi yesterday. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar also accompanied the foreign minister,
The foreign minister said the relationship between Pakistan and China is based on generations-long loyalty. He said terrorists nefarious designs cannot sabotage Pakistan-China friendship. He also recorded his impressions in the guest’s book at the Chinese Embassy.
A day earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited the Chinese embassy here and conveyed his condolence over the death of Chinese nationals in a blast that took place in Karachi.
The prime minister met the Chinese Charge’d Affaires Pang Chunxue and sympathised with the government and the people of China as well as the bereaved families. The prime minister assured a swift probe into the tragedy to take the culprits to the task.
“I want to assure you on my behalf, on behalf of the Government of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan, that we will hunt down the perpetrators, culprits, killers. We will not rest until they are caught and given exemplary punishment,” the prime minister said talking to Chinese media at the embassy.
He instructed the authorities concerned to provide foolproof security to the Chinese nationals as well as the organizations. The prime minister resolved that the government would not let the bilateral ties be undermined through such acts.
Moreover, he said the government would review the entire security risks to the Chinese people and take all possible measures to strengthen the security of Chinese nationals in Pakistan.
“We will not allow any disturbance in this friendship, come what may. We will cut their hands and stop them from creating any differences,” he resolved.
The prime minister, in his consolatory remarks at the embassy, wrote, “We are deeply shocked and distressed at this dastardly attack. All Pakistanis mourn their loss and offer their condolences to the bereaved families.”
He also reiterated the government’s commitment to eliminating all militants and terrorists from Pakistani soil. “We won’t rest until the culprits are hunted down and given exemplary punishment,” he wrote.