KARACHI: At least three people including a Chinese citizen were slightly injured on monday when suspected militants triggered a remote-controlled explosion in the Pakistani city of Karachi, with pamphlets recovered from the site denouncing “foreign control” over Sindh’s natural resources.
The bomb was planted on the green belt in Gulshan-i-Hadeed area of Karachi and exploded as the vehicle of the Chinese engineer was just passing by it. Senior police officer Rao Anwar confirmed the attack.
The blast took place at about 10:00 am (local time) when a Toyota-made Hiace MPV with a plate number JF-7639 moving on the National Highway in the eastern part of the city was hit by a remote-controlled bomb planted on the green belt along the road, injuring a Chinese national, driver and a security guard. The vehicle was partiallay damaged in the incident.
“We have recovered a pamphlet in Sindhi from the site of the blast denouncing foreign control over Sindh’s natural resources,” he said.
Finche, a Chinese national and his driver Tariq Aziz, 25, were among those injured. The identity of the third victim was not known.
Rao Anwar, a senior superintendent police officer of the city, said that a threat letter of a nationalist group was found on the blast site. However, he did not reveal the contents of the letter. He said the Sindhudesh Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital where they are said to be in stable condition.
Addressing a ceremony to honour martyred policemen at Garden Headquarters in Karachi, Sindh Inspector General AD Khawaja claimed that foreign hands are involved in Gulshan-e-Hadeed blast.
No group has claimed responsibility of the attack so far but militants from different groups are active in Pakistan’s commercial-hub and its most populous city Karachi, which is also the hotbed of ethnic violence.
Hundreds of Chinese workers and engineers are engaged in different development projects in Pakistan including the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) launched last year and the Thar coal power project.
China has earlier asked Pakistan to beef up security for its nationals engaged in various development projects in the country.
In a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in October last year, Chinese ambassador Sun Weidong had demanded fool-proof security to all Chinese workers associated with the CPEC.
Following the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had reviewed the security situation in November and assured that the government will provide full security to Chinese workers in Pakistan.