FM Qureshi, Chinese envoy visit Chinese nationals injured in Dasu incident

Qureshi assures the injured Chinese nationals of the government’s all-out support

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong visited Combined Military Hospital (CMH) today (Sunday) and inquired after the Chinese nationals injured in the deadly Dasu bus incident.

According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), during today’s visit to the hospital, the foreign minister inquired after the injured Chinese nationals and wished them speedy recovery.

The foreign minister assured the injured Chinese nationals of the government’s all-out support and medical care. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Nong Rong said that China and Pakistan will continue to cooperate more closely to face any challenges together.

Earlier on arrival, Commandant CMH Major General Muhammad Aleem apprised the visiting dignitaries about medical care being provided to the injured.

At least 13 people – nine Chinese nationals and four Pakistanis – were killed and more than two dozen others wounded Wednesday morning when a shuttle bus they were travelling in plunged into a deep ravine after an explosion on board.

The bus was ferrying the Chinese and Pakistani workers to an under-construction tunnel site of the Dasu Hydropower Project in the remote Kohistan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Earlier on Saturday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid assured Chinese Minister for Public Security Zhao Kezhi that the investigation of the Kohistan bus tragedy was underway at the highest level on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan and had entered the final stage.

“The Chinese investigation team is being provided full support,” Rashid said. “All Chinese workers in Pakistan would be provided fool-proof security,” the minister said during a telephone call with the Chinese minister.

Earlier, PM Imran also spoke with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang and assured him that the government of Pakistani would spare no effort to fully investigate the incident.