On the evening of the 21st local time, a car bomb exploded in the parking lot of a luxury hotel in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan, killing 4 people and injuring 12 others. According to the latest news from Reuters, the Guardian and other foreign media on the 22nd, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan was staying in this hotel that day. But when the incident happened, he had already gone out to participate in activities.
Local police officer Nasr Malik said that the incident occurred in the parking lot of the Serena Hotel.
According to reports, the Minister of Interior of Pakistan stated that about four people from the Chinese delegation led by the Chinese ambassador were staying in this hotel. “This is a big explosion. The Chinese ambassador was also staying in this hotel, but he was not there at the time of the incident,” Interior Minister Ahmed told the local media ARY News. “When the explosion occurred, the ambassador was out for an event. Event.”
The Guardian stated that the minister told AFP that the incident was an “terrorist act”.
Reuters also stated that the Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident. A spokesperson for the organization claimed, “This was a suicide attack. Our suicide bomber used his car full of explosives in the hotel.”
The report mentioned that the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan has not yet responded to this.
Fortunately, the Chinese personnel are fine.
This is a premeditated, organized terrorist activity against Chinese diplomats! !
The explosion occurred in the parking lot of the best and safest luxury hotel in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province, Pakistan.
The Pakistani Taliban have declared responsibility for this matter. They planned this terrorist operation by means of car bombs. On the day of the incident, the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nongrong led a four-member delegation to visit the place, conduct business negotiations, and stayed at this hotel.
According to the arrangement, the delegation will leave Quetta after the meeting today, and the explosion happened today. Fortunately: At the time of the explosion, the delegation was out for negotiations. The explosion killed at least 4 people and injured 12 others. Balochistan Province, where Quetta City is located, is close to the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. It has a large number of mineral and oil and gas resources, but it is also one of the poorest and most dangerous areas in Pakistan. The Pakistani government has waged a struggle with the Taliban for more than 10 years here. In 2020, the United States and the Taliban will “reconcile”. With the connivance of the United States and the funding and training of India (Pakistan has clear evidence), the Taliban, which is entrenched in the border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, will make a comeback. In recent months, the group and other militant groups have intensified their attacks on Pakistani tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan. For a long time, terrorist organizations have hoped that through terrorism, Balochistan can be independent from Pakistan, and they have opposed China’s participation in any project that can develop the region’s economy. Under the control of terrorist organizations and separatist forces, there is still a lack of adequate hospitals, schools, housing, and even clean drinking water. Not only that, terrorist organizations have also colluded with Western media such as the BBC and Reuters, and in turn slandered China for “plundering Pakistan’s resources.” Terrorist organizations and separatist forces have carried out a series of sabotage activities in these years in an attempt to prevent China’s investment and construction in Pakistan. For example, in May 2017, they kidnapped and brutally killed two Chinese in Quetta. Since then, in order to be safe, Chinese citizens need additional security guards when they go out in Quetta, and additional security funds have been invested by dispatching units. Even so, today, if there is no necessary demand, Chinese personnel abroad are strictly prohibited from going out in Quetta. On June 29, 2020, four terrorists attacked the Chinese-invested Pakistan Stock Exchange building in order to obstruct China’s economic investment, killing at least three people. Two years ago, in order to obstruct the Chinese construction project of Gwadar Port in Pakistan, they attacked the supporting hotel project of the project. In January this year, terrorists kidnapped 11 coal miners in the town of Maher, 48 kilometers east of Quetta (this is the site of one of the nine special economic zones in the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor). The terrorists blindfolded the workers and brutally cut their throats and killed them. They have also continued to attack and attack other Chinese engineering projects here. The Pakistani Taliban continue to use terrorism to intimidate Chinese investors in an attempt to hinder the investment and construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in this way. This is also part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. In the future, billions of dollars of investment from China will land here, so that the rich mineral resources here will be transformed into economic benefits for the benefit of local people. Balochistan is rich in natural gas, coal and copper resources, but for a long time, due to the control of the Taliban, these resources have not been effectively used and exploited and cannot be converted into economic benefits. The spread of the new crown epidemic has even led to Pakistan’s debt exceeding 100 billion U.S. dollars, and it is on the verge of economic collapse. The new crown virus has caused more than 20 million people to lose their jobs, and more than 1,000 departments and companies are on the verge of bankruptcy. Our investment has created thousands of job opportunities for Pakistan and saved Pakistan’s economy damaged by the epidemic. Tens of thousands of people have indirectly benefited from the project. This time, a four-member delegation led by the Nongrong Ambassador came to Quetta to prepare for an investment negotiation. Fortunately, it was precisely because the delegation was out to negotiate and escaped the car bomb full of explosives. Balochistan is bordered by Afghanistan in the north, Iran in the west, and the Arabian Sea in the south. It is the only way from East Asia to West Asia. It is also a potential trade channel for re-export trade between Central Asian countries and Afghan countries. It is also the Middle East and Central Asia. The geographical location of the potential energy channel to the Far East is very important. This is also the location of Gwadar Port, with unique geographical conditions. As China signed a 20-year strategic cooperation agreement with Iran some time ago, coupled with the steady progress of the construction of the One Belt One Road, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Gwadar Port. my country will further expand its investment here. Before becoming the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, our Agricultural Finance Ambassador was responsible for the economic and trade work of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. He is an expert who has grown up in the field of economic and trade investment, and he has considerable experience in economic and trade investment. He is professional in economic and trade cooperation! Benefiting from the unique geographical location of Balochistan, during the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, China will build various infrastructures here, including roads, railways and oil pipelines, and connect Pakistan’s third port. Dar Port/Iran and my country’s Xinjiang region. Without China’s investment and construction, almost all railways in Balochistan would have been constructed during the British colonization of Pakistan. The operation is inefficient, dilapidated, and dangerous. To quote a sentence in the New Year’s Day speech-“The road is not alone, the world is one family. After a year of wind and rain, we have more deeply understood the meaning of a community with a shared future for mankind than ever.” Our investment in Pakistan has benefited the local people. , Mutual benefit, mutual benefit and win-win. Any terrorism trick will be a man’s arm in front of the wheels of the general trend of history, and it will eventually be crushed to pieces. Wish all foreigners from the sea be safe! You are also our heroes!