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 outfits.


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

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