KU van blast: CM visits Chinese CG to express solidarity

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, just after receiving the report of the blast in a van at Karachi University, which claimed four lives, including three Chinese faculty members, visited Chinese Consulate to express sorrow and grief with the Chinese Consul General Mr Li Bijian.


The Chief Minister shared the details of the incident with the Consul General and said the incident would be investigated properly. Mr Shah assured the consul general that the culprits would be brought to book.


The CM said that the partnership of China in the overall development of Pakistan, particularly of Sindh, was important and such incidents could not affect the strong relationship between the two nations. He expressed his condolences with the families of the Chinese nationals who lost their lives in the blast.


Shah told the consul general that his government would make all the arrangements to send the dead bodies to China for which he needed consulates guidance.


Mr Shah convey the condolence messages of PPPP President Asif Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto to the Chinese Consul General. He said that they have condemned the incident in strong words.


The CM told the Chinese Consul General that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif talked to him on telephone and got details of the incident. He has also condemned the incident and expressed his solidarity with the aggrieved families of Chinese nationals killed in the incident.


Chinese Consul General Mr Li Bijian thanked the chief minister for his visit and said he was in contact with the families of three Chinese nationals killed in the blast. “Whatever decision is taken in respect of shifting the dead bodies back to China would be informed to the Sindh government,” Mr Li Bijian said.


Earlier, Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Maher told the chief minister that at about 14:30 hrs a blast took place in a van near Commerce Dept of Karachi university. “Initial report indicates four casualties which include Chinese nationals.”


The chief minister has directed IG Police to conduct a security audit of Chinese nationals living in Sindh under CPEC and non-CPEC related projects and report him.