KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah met Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, a day after security forces foiled a terrorist attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi.
The Chinese ambassador lauded the prompt action by the Pakistani police and rangers and thanked the chief minister for immediately contacting him to apprise him of the situation in the aftermath of the incident, a spokesperson for the chief minister said.
Murad Ali Shah told the envoy that the terrorists who attacked the Chinese consulate had arrived from Balochistan. Security deployed at the Sindh-Balochistan border would be enhanced, he added, as quoted by the spokesperson.
The chief minister said he visited the Chinese consulate following the attack, and summoned a meeting to review the security situation the same day.
The minister said he has ordered a security audit of all the consulates. Security forces deployed at the consulates will be provided with bulletproof jackets, he added.
“The Chinese are our friends and partners in progress,” CM Murad stressed, and assured the ambassador of excellent security measures deployed at the Chinese consulate.
He said that the safe city project would be completed soon in Karachi.
The Chinese consul general, Sindh chief secretary and IG Sindh were also present at the meeting.
Security forces on Friday foiled an attack on the Chinese consulate located in Karachi’s upscale Clifton, killing all three terrorists and seizing at least nine hand grenades, Kalashnikov bullets, magazines and explosives.
Two policemen, ASI Ashraf Dawood and Constable Amir, were martyred in the operation. Two civilians, a father and a son who had come from Quetta for visas, were also killed, police said after reviewing initial information. A security guard was critically injured.