Terrorists want to dent Pak-China friendship, says Shehbaz

Army chief vows to continue fight till elimination of all terror elements in country.

ISLAMABAD: A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad expressed concerns over sanctuaries on Pakistan’s border areas from where terrorists were carrying out their activities in the country.

The meeting was convened after five Chinese engineers were killed in a suicide attack in Besham area of Shangla district in Khyber Pakthunkhwa on Tuesday.

The Chinese nationals were working on Dassu hydel power project and returning to the site from Islamabad when they were targetted.

China immediately asked the government to arrest the attackers and bring them to justice.

At the meeting today, the prime minister directed for a joint investigation into the incident and arrest of the culprits.

According to a statement, Shehbaz Sharif said terrorism is a trans-national threat that has been instrumentalized by the enemies of Pakistan to stymie its progress and development.

He added that terror acts targeting Pakistan-China friendship are particularly aimed at creating mistrust between the two iron brothers.

Speaking on the occasion, army chief Gen Asim Munir said enemies of Pakistan had once again underestimated the resilience and grit of the state and the people of Pakistan.

He vowed to fight terrorism till every terrorist casting an evil eye on Pakistan, its people and their guests, is eliminated.

Terror attacks on security forces in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Balochistan as well as on Chinese nationals working on projects on different projects have increased in recent months despite resolve by law enforcement agencies to fight them off.

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