Wang Yi Talks about Terrorist Attack in Dasu: Find out the Truth, Punish Perpetrators and Prevent Similar Incidents from Happening Again

On July 24, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the 3rd round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

Wang Yi said that the attack on the shuttle bus on its way to the Dasu Hydropower Station is the biggest terrorist attack suffered by Chinese nationals abroad recently. China attaches great importance to it. President Xi Jinping made important instructions immediately after the incident, and put forward clear requests. Premier Li Keqiang also clearly stated China's position on this incident during his phone conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the latter's request. Both China and Pakistan are victims of this terrorist attack. We should strengthen cooperation, bring the perpetrators to justice at an early date, give the people of the two countries an explanation, and prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Wang Yi pointed out that China appreciates Pakistan for rescuing the injured in the first place, strengthening security protection for the project personnel in Pakistan, supporting the work of China's interdepartmental joint working group in Pakistan, and assisting China to properly deal with the aftermath. China hopes Pakistan to resort all strengths and means to find out the truth as soon as possible. China is willing to provide all necessary assistance and cooperation. The perpetrators must be thoroughly investigated and punished without leniency no matter for what intentions, at any place, and protected by what forces. We should further improve security protection for Chinese nationals, institutions and projects in Pakistan, and build a strengthened and upgraded security cooperation mechanism.

Qureshi, on behalf of the Pakistani government and people, deeply mourned the victims and expressed sincere condolences to the injured. Qureshi said that Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack targeting Chinese nationals in Pakistan. Chinese engineers and technicians in Pakistan have made important contribution to Pakistan's social and economic development. China's loss is the loss of Pakistan, and protecting China's interests is protecting Pakistan's own interests. Pakistan will treat Chinese nationals on its land like its own people. The Pakistani government will thoroughly investigate the incident, bring the perpetrators to justice, resolutely frustrate any attempt to sabotage Pakistan-China cooperation, and allow no force to destroy the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership. Pakistan will spare no effort to safeguard the safety of Chinese personnel and institutions in Pakistan, re-organize special forces to strengthen related work, and resolutely prevent similar incidents from happening again.

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