PM Shehbaz chairs security meeting following Dasu attack

In Local
March 27, 2024



ISLAMABAD:

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is chairing a meeting called to review the internal security situation on Wednesday, a day after six people, including five Chinese engineers, were killed in a terrorist attack, Express News reported.

Top government and security officials are attending the meeting, including Chief of the Army Staff Gen Asim Munir.

The officials will deliberate on security issues related to Chinese nationals working and living in the country, and conduct a security audit.

The federal cabinet meeting earlier set for today was deferred till tomorrow (Thursday).

A day earlier, hours after security forces successfully fended off an attack by Baloch terrorists on a Pakistan Navy base in Turbat district of Balochistan, a vehicle-borne suicide bomber targeted a convoy escorting Chinese engineers in the remote Besham area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), killing six people.

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The Chinese engineers were en route from Islamabad to their camp in Dasu – the district headquarters of the Upper Kohistan district of K-P. Their vehicle was hit by an explosive-laden vehicle, coming from the opposite direction, near Lahore Nala on the Karakoram Highway.

According to a Chinese Embassy statement, a Chinese company’s bus, carrying staff, working on the Dasu Hydropower Project, was hit by a terrorist attack at around 1 pm. Malakand Deputy Inspector General Muhammad Ali Gandapur confirmed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The Chinese engineers’ vehicle was thrown off the mountainous road into a deep ravine by the impact of the blast, killing all six on board, including five Chinese engineers and their Pakistani driver. The security forces reached the spot, shut the strategic highway for traffic on both sides, and launched an investigation.

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