China asks Pakistan to guarantee safety of its citizens

China condemns attack on foreign tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Web Desk June 23, 2013
Pakistani police escort ambulances carrying the coffins of foreign tourists as they come out from Chaklala air base in Rawalpindi on June 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

China on Sunday asked the Pakistani government to “guarantee the safety and legitimate rights of Chinese citizens in Pakistan” as it condemned the attack on foreign tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

In a pre-dawn attack, gunmen dressed as paramilitary forces killed nine foreign tourists in an unprecedented attack in Gilgit-Baltistan. At least three Chinese and five Ukrainian climbers were killed in the attack on the base camp.

“The Foreign Ministry on Sunday strongly condemned a violent attack...that resulted in 11 deaths, including those of several Chinese tourists,” Xinhua reported.

The Chinese news report claimed only two Chinese nationals were killed in the incident.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s office said the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan was in close contact with Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry and military to further verify information related to the incident.

The embassy further requested Pakistan to make all efforts to take care of the survivors, apprehend the gunmen behind the attack and guarantee the safety of Chinese citizens in Pakistan.

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jack | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Rex Minor

"The Chinese and the Talibans have one thing in common; they do not tolerate foreigners!!" "I am equally allergic to the foreigners...."

Couldn't agree more. West should learn from them, it's not yet late. West's liberal, enlightened but intellectually lazy policy of tolerance to the foreigners (read immigrants) from god forsaken places will bring their doom. If anything West should allow migration only within itself, all others should be banned.

Sk Nazeer Ahmed | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

We can give guarantee for the return of their dead bodies to China. GB is neglected area and tourism is only their main income. The Pakistan government should make good the loss suffered by GB because of mainland terrorists.

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