Chinese nationals stop work on mega power projects

Security is being reviewed and work on all projects will resume soon, say officials.

PESHAWAR: Chinese nationals have stopped working on Diamer and Dasu dams after a suicide attack killed five Chinese engineers working on Dasu power project a few days ago.

The Chinese have also suspended work on Dasu and Turbela dams, according to media reports. However, the Chinese engineers and technicians have not halted work at Mohmand and Lavi power projects.

Officials said about 500 Chinese nationals were working at Diamer dam, 741 at Dasu dam in upper Kohistan and 250 at Mohmand dam. Some Chinese are also working at Lavi power project near Drosh, Lower Chitral.

Diamer dam will generate 4,800 megawatts and Dasu dam 4,320 megawatts of electricity.

The officials said that local people working in Diamer and Dasu dams had been asked to stay at home till further orders.

They expressed the hope that work at the mega project sites would start soon. They said security for the Chinese nationals was being further enhanced at all project sites.

The government of as said that attacks on Chinese nationals have been the handiwork of the enemies of Pakistan and China who want to sabotage the CPEC under which projects worth billions of dollars were being by executed in Pakistan.

At a meeting held after the recent Dasu suicide attack, the government and security forces vowed to ensure security for the Chinese workers at all project sites.


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