Security was immediately ramped up at consulates all over Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, he added. Many of them are linked to the sprawling China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, known as CPEC. In February gunmen killed Chen Zhu, a shipping executive, in the city's posh Zamzama district.
Three suspected suicide bombers who attacked the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Friday were killed before they were able to enter the facility, the police chief of the city of Karachi said.
The meeting was attended by CM Advisor Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, IG Police Dr kaleem Imam, Home Secretary Kazi kabir, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahelwani, Adl IG Karachi Dr Ameer Shaikh, representatives of Pakistan Rangers, Provincial head of intelligence agencies and representative of 5-Corp. "Salute the courageous security/police personnel who gave their lives and denied success to terrorists in the mission against Chinese Consulate".
Balochistan, Pakistan's poorest province, is at the centre of a major Chinese investment project. In December a year ago, its embassy in Islamabad warned of imminent terror attacks on Chinese targets.
A spokesman for the Pakistani insurgent group the Balochistan Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the attack. "The perpetrators of this heinous attack should be brought to justice expeditiously", it said in a statement. "Pakistan and China will defeat the forces that wish to halt development [in the country]". Two police officers were martyred in the attack.
Presenting initial report to the Sindh CM, the IGP said that the process of identification of terrorists involved in attack on Chinese consulate has been completed.
Pakistani army soldiers patrol at the Chinese consulate after an attack in Karachi on 23 November 2018.
Pakistani troops arrive at the Chinese Consulate. The letter was addressed to China's ambassador to Pakistan. Islamabad has also pivoted to Beijing as relations with the USA are increasing strained under President Donald Trump, who canceled military aid to Pakistan this year. Qureshi told local reporters that Chinese diplomats and staff members were taken to a secure location following the attack. "These threats were already on Pakistan and China's threat radar", he said.
China has in recent years become one of Pakistan's most important investors and supporters with some $60 billion poured into projects as part of China's continent-bridging Belt and Road.