Chinese engineers escape Karachi bomb ahead of Premier Li's arrival in Pakistan

Bomb explodes near the seafront in Karachi, but no one was hurt.

Reuters May 21, 2013
Bomb disposal squad inspects evidence at the blast site in Clifton Block 1, near Chapal Resort on May 21, 2013. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS TRIBUNE

ISLAMABAD: A roadside bomb exploded near the seafront in Karachi on Tuesday likely targeting a van full of Chinese port workers, police said, a day before Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrives in the capital, Islamabad. No one was hurt.

"Apparently, the Chinese who are working at the harbour were the target of the explosion," senior police officer Nasir Aftab told Reuters.

Li arrives in Islamabad on Wednesday on the second leg of his first official trip since taking office in March after a visit to India.

Pakistan and China consider each other "all-weather friends". Their close ties have been underpinned by wariness of India and a desire to hedge against US influence across the region.

In 2004, two Chinese engineers working in Pakistan were kidnapped by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. One was later rescued but the other killed.


anon | 11 years ago | Reply

@v: Thank you V - thats what I was about to write as well. We unfortunately as a nation have learnt to critcise everything under the sun. Sad :(

truthbetold | 11 years ago | Reply

@Lala Gee:

"Only enemies of Pakistan would do that who are also perturbed by the support China provides to Pakistan, and that act disturbs their evil plans against Pakistan. "

Wrong. Isn't it the duty of every Muslim to fight against those who kill and oppress Muslims anywhere? There are many groups in Pakistan who want to wage Jihad against China in support of the Uighur Muslims, whose lands China occupies; China has killed thousands of Uighur Muslims, who have been fighting for their freedom.

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