Pakistan has deployed a 15,000-robust army drive to guard Chinese language nationals engaged on power and infrastructure tasks within the nation, President Mamnoon Hussain stated on Sunday, after the kidnapping of a Chinese language couple raised security considerations.
The president advised visiting Chinese language Overseas Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad that the safety of Chinese language residents working in Pakistan was the “prime precedence” of the federal government, learn a press release issued by the presidency.
Beijing is investing round $50 billion in its South Asian neighbour as a part of a plan unveiled in 2015 to hyperlink its far-western Xinjiang area to Gwadar port in Balochistan with a collection of infrastructure, energy and transport upgrades.
However fears over security arose final month when two Chinese language staff have been kidnapped in Quetta, Balochistan, which is on the coronary heart of the China Pakistan Financial Hall (CPEC) challenge however racked by separatist and non secular insurgencies.
Authorities have been going to all attainable efforts to arrest these liable for kidnapping, Hussain stated.
China has said it’s going to cooperate with Pakistani authorities to research whether or not the 2 Chinese language residents — who have been allegedly killed by the Islamic State group within the nation — had been illegally preaching.
Thus far there was no official affirmation of the Chinese language pair’s destiny.
Later within the day, Chinese language Overseas Minister Wang Yi and his delegation additionally referred to as on Military Chief Common Qamar Javed Bajwa and mentioned issues of mutual curiosity and regional safety with particular reference to Afghan state of affairs and CPEC got here beneath dialogue.
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