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China for credible security of its citizens in Pak

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 21:01

Beijing: A day after the killing of a
Chinese woman in Peshawar, Beijing on Wednesday asked Pakistan not to
spare any effort to bring to justice the perpetrators of the
crime and take credible measures to ensure safety of hundreds
of its nationals working there.

"The Foreign Ministry pays great attention to the
incident, and the Chinese embassy in Pakistan has launched
emergency procedures to handle the case," Foreign Ministry
spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing here.

His comments came in the wake of the murder of a Chinese
woman and her Pakistani companion by unidentified gunmen in
Peshawar yesterday.

"At the same time we also require the Pakistani side to
investigate the case and spare no efforts to bring the
perpetrators to justice, and take credible measures to ensure
the safety of Chinese institutions and nationals in Pakistan,"
Hong said.

The shooting incident, which was reported in the local
Chinese media, caused a sense of unease in the Chinese
establishment as hundreds of this country`s nationals are
working in various projects in Pakistan, China`s closest ally
and neighbour.

It is still not clear why the Chinese woman was targeted
even though Pakistan officials claimed that it was attempt by
militants to hit the international headlines.

Attacks on Chinese nationals in Pakistan were not new
despite close relations between the two countries.

The attacks were blamed in the past on different militant


First Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 21:01

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