SHEHBAZ SHARIF DIRECTS CHINESE WORKERS’ FOOL-PROOF SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS

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Following a recent terrorist attack in Shangla district by Balochi freedom fighters on March 26, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has instructed all security agencies to ensure foolproof security arrangements for the Chinese citizens working on various projects in Pakistan, as reported by Geo News.

Five Chinese nationals, a Pakistani driver, and a woman were killed in the vehicle-targeted terrorist attack.

Following the incident, work on the hydropower project has been put on hold, according to Geo News.

On March 26, a vehicle carrying explosives struck a bus transporting the victims on the Karakoram Highway in the Bisham area, resulting in their deaths.

He underlined the necessity for strict security measures to protect Chinese people working in various projects across Pakistan while presiding over a meeting on national security in Islamabad.

PM Sharif reportedly stated that he had made the decision to personally go over the meetings pertaining to the nation’s general security, including the security of Chinese nationals, according to Geo News.

He also said that the fight against terrorism will not end until it is completely eradicated from the nation.

In order to significantly strengthen the provincial anti-terrorism departments, he gave the interior ministry instructions to work more closely with the provinces.

The PM was also given the task of developing a thorough plan for the routine audit of the security standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The chiefs of security agencies, pertinent authorities, and the federal interior minister attended the conference. The entire state of the nation’s security was explained to PM Shehbaz. He promised to keep fighting terrorism until it is eradicated.

Amidst the terrorist attack, the Home Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa requested that the Dasu Hydropower Project’s security be upgraded from the relevant authorities.

As part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Beijing is investing over USD 65 billion in infrastructure projects, and Chinese engineers are now working on many projects in Pakistan.

In order to allow work on the dam project to continue, the KP Home Department wrote to the deputy commissioner of Upper Kohistan, the inspector general of police, the project director, and other pertinent officials requesting protection.

A day after work at the Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project was also put on hold, The News on March 29 reported that Chinese companies in charge of operations have temporarily halted civil work at the sites of the Dasu and Diamer-Bhasha Dams due to security concerns.

An official working on the project revealed to the publication that approximately 991 Chinese engineers were working on both projects, with the local workers being instructed to stay at home until further orders.

Approximately 6,000 locals and 741 Chinese are employed on the

Chinese engineers are still working at the site of the Mohmand Dam in KP.

Nazakat Hussain, the General Manager of Diamer-Bhasha Dam (DBD), concurred that the Chinese business has halted construction on the dam.

Although there were about 500 Chinese nationals involved in DBD, the employees of the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) are still at work. Approximately 6,000 residents are working on building the dam,” he stated.

In a few days, he hoped, things would settle down and the Chinese workers would return. By using hydropower, the Diamer-Bhasha Dam would generate 4,800 MW of electricity.

After it is finished, the Mohmand Dam will manage floods downstream, irrigate 15,100 acres of land, and provide 740 MW of hydroelectricity.

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