Terrorist plot: Attack on Chinese consulate widely condemned

Politicians call attack conspiracy against CPEC, country’s image


APP November 24, 2018
Politicians call attack conspiracy against CPEC, country’s image. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians belonging to different political parties on Friday strongly condemned attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi and paid glowing tribute to the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) who foiled the terrorist assault.

Former president and President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemning terror attack said planners and facilitators of this attack must not and will not be spared. Zardari hailed the timely operation by Sindh police which included a brave daughter of Pakistan SP Suhai Aziz Talpur who fearlessly headed the operation.

In a separate statement, the former president condemned terror attack in Orakzai Agency said, “We need to eliminate the nurseries of terror once for all to stop such acts of terror. Killing innocent people is the most brutal act”.

China 'highly appreciates' Pakistan's response to consulate attack

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi said anti-Pakistan forces are spreading unrest in the region.

Talking to a private news channel, the state minister said this is the biggest land war in the world, being fought here in Pakistan against terrorism.

Commenting on attacks on Chinese consulate and Orkazai, he said inquiry was being conducted to ascertain the cause of theses tragic mishaps. Afridi appreciated the security agencies and law enforcement institutions for foiling the nefarious designs of the enemy targeting the peace of Pakistan.               To a question, the interior minister said foreign intelligence agencies like RAW and other agencies were engaged in destabilising this region adding that however investigation was underway to probe the matter of the recent attacks on Friday.

Talking to media outside the Parliament House, former prime minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senior leader Raja Pervez Ashraf termed the incident an attack on the economy of Pakistan. He said the incident should be investigated and culprits should be brought to justice. The former premier also paid rich tribute to the martyred police personnel and security forces for thwarting nefarious designs of the terrorists.

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Cabinet members including Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir also condemned the attack and paid tribute to martyrs of the Sindh Police who foiled the terrorist attack. “Enemies of Pakistan and China are not happy with close ties of two time-tested friends,” she said.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also slammed the terrorist attack in Karachi, calling it a deliberate conspiracy against Pakistan. “The friendship between Pakistan and China is higher than the mountains and deeper than the oceans and no one could harm the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project,” she said. The minister also paid tribute to the martyred policemen calling them the pride of Pakistan.

Moreover, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar appreciated the role of law-enforcement agencies in preventing the attack adding, security officials successfully foiled all plans of terrorists to harm precious lives and image of the country.

He also paid rich tribute to the bravery of martyred police officials, saying they set an example by giving their lives. "I pay tribute to their great sacrifices," the chief minister added extending sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured. "This attack is a conspiracy of enemies of Pakistan who are unnerved due to growing Pakistan-China relations," he concluded.

Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan also called the attack an evil and well-designed conspiracy to sabotage the CPEC project.

In a statement the ANP chief lauded police personnel for offering sacrifices in the line of duty and saving precious lives of the consulate staff.

“Sacrifices of these security officials would be remembered in history,” said Khan while terming the attack as a conspiracy to tarnish the country's image on a global platform. He also expressed his grief and sorrow over loss of precious lives in the Orakzai bomb blast and underlined the need for implementation of 20-point of National Action Plan (NAP) in letter and spirit to avert such heinous attacks in future.

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