By Arif Qoreshi
Islamabad: A motorcycle bomb exploded near the Chinese consulate in Clifton on Monday, leaving a Rangers soldier Mohammad Irfan and two other people were injured. According to details a bomb was planted on a motorcycle parked near Pakistan Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management. The institute is located right next to the consulate.
The attack took place in a supposedly high security area, Clifton Block 4, described by police as ‘red zone’, where a cluster of foreign missions are located.
lashkar-e-Balochistan Claimed the Responsibility.
A banned group Lashkar-e-Balochistan has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Chinese Consulate. Talking to private media outlet through satellite telephone from an unidentified location, a spokesperson for the group said the attack was a warning message for China to immediately evacuate Balochistan and stop fleecing the resources of Balochistan with the support of Pakistan.
He said China and other international powers were signing agreements with Pakistan to plunder the resources of Baluchistan, which were against the will of Baloch people and they would not accept any such agreement and would continue resistance in future.
Cautioning foreigners busy in exploring resources in Balochistan, the Lashkar-e-Balochistan spokesman said they would attack installations setup by international powers, including China, in Balochistan.
Chinese Projects in Pakistan
China is Pakistan all-weather friend and working on dozen of projects among whose noteworthy projects are the Gwadar Port, Saindak, Hub and now possibly Reko Dik .
The attacks on Chinese , meant to be a stark warning to them to get out of Baluchistan, only manage to stain a bleak picture further.
Police Announce One Million Reward
Talking to the media, the city’s police chief Iqbal Mehmood said anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the people responsible for the blast would be rewarded with one million rupees.
Lashkar Jangvi Or Nationalists Behind the Attack
Police department told that two groups might be behind these incidents Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and nationalists organizations of the Sindh and Balochistan.
Police have already arrested the owner and dealer of the motorcycle used in the blast and are now looking for the prime suspect with the help of its intelligence network and Nadra.
Jeay Sindh Qaumi Nahaz(Nationalists) Might Be Behind the Attack
The Jeay sindh qaumi nahaz (JSQM) a nationalist part is of the opinion that people of Sindh will be turned into a minority and treated like Red Indians and Philistines in their own motherland if Zulfikarabad city is ever made.so that was the reason JSQM party threatened the Chinese company to keep away of making investment in the controversial Zulfikarabad project, otherwise they will bring harm to their company.
Sindh government wanted to develop Zulfiqarabad on the pattern of Shenzhen city, a port city of China. “The Chinese government had developed this city in 80s, as port city and now this has become an example of development of China.
Pakistan and China signed MOU to, establishment of Special Economic Zone in proposed new city Zulfiqarabad in Sindh. Signing ceremony was attended by President Asif Ali Zardari during his last visit of china in june.
However, a spokesman for the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz denied any involvement in the blast according to median reports.
However that is not the first time some foreigners are hit in Karachi a Saudi diplomat Hasan al-Khatani was killed in Karachi on 15th march when he was on the way to his residence. Pakistan’s al Qaeda-linked Taliban then claimed the responsibility saying that, “Until America stops chasing al Qaeda and stops drone strikes we will keep carrying out such attacks”.
The writer is an editor of “thefortress.com.pk”