- Explosion targeting Chinese ambassador’s hotel in Quetta, Pakistan
- The Chinese ambassador was not present at the hotel at the time of the bombing and survived
- Locals are opposing the CPEC, the minister said – our own people are involved in terrorist activities
Insurgents angry at China’s growing intervention in Pakistan are constantly attacking. On Wednesday, rebels in Quetta targeted the Chinese ambassador and blew up a hotel. The rebels learned that the Chinese ambassador was staying at the Serena Hotel in Quetta. However, he was not present at the hotel at the time of the attack. The blast is said to have killed at least five people and injured more than 12 others.
The vehicle was carrying 80 to 90 kg of explosives
Quetta police DIG Azhar Ikram said the explosives were placed in a car. The dead included police stationed outside the hotel. Police cordoned off the area after the attack at 10.45 pm. According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, 800 to 90 kg of explosives were used in the blast, including ball bearings and C4 explosives.
The minister said that our people are involved in spreading terror
Shortly after the incident, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langov said terrorism was on the rise in the region. Our own people are involved in this act of terrorism. No threats were reported before the attack. Langov said the Chinese ambassador was not at the hotel when the blast occurred. “I have just met the Chinese ambassador and he is safe,” he said.
Pakistan said the hand of the country’s enemies
Balochistan government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani said the incident was being investigated at the highest level. He claimed that those involved would not escape the clutches of the law. He said that the enemy in Pakistan was behind the blast. Quetta Deputy Commissioner Aurangzeb Badini has confirmed the death toll.
Suspected attack on anti-China Balochistan Liberation Army
The attack on the Balochistan Liberation Army operating in the area is being suspected. The group has previously carried out a number of attacks on Chinese officials and employees. The group is also said to have been involved in last year’s attack on the Karachi Stock Exchange. In 2006, Pakistani forces assassinated Nawab Akbar Bugti, the most influential leader in Balochistan, on the orders of Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf was also arrested in connection with his assassination in 2011. Musharraf had said in his defense at the time that the leaders were seeking a share in the production of oil and mineral products.
The organization has targeted the Chinese against the CPEC
The Balochistan Liberation Army has always opposed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. The group has also been accused of repeatedly targeting Chinese nationals working in Pakistan. The group was also accused of attacking the Chinese consulate in Karachi in 2001. There are allegations that Pakistan took the decision related to the CPEC without consulting the Baloch leaders.
The strategic position of Balochistan is important for Pakistan
Balochistan is the most important strategic province of Pakistan. Balochistan, the largest province in Pakistan, borders Afghanistan and Iran. Karachi is also on the list. A large part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passes through this province. The Baloch also controlled the port of Gwadar, now handed over to China by Pakistan.