- Explosion targeting Chinese ambassador’s hotel in Quetta, Pakistan
- The Chinese ambassador was not present at the hotel at the time of the blast, narrowly defending life
- Locals are protesting against CPEC, the minister said – our own people are involved in terrorist activities
Insurgents, annoyed by China’s growing interference in Pakistan, are constantly attacking. Insurgents targeted the Chinese ambassador in Quetta on Wednesday and blew up a hotel with foreign objects. The rebels were informed that the Chinese ambassador was staying at the Serena Hotel in Quetta. However, he was not present at the hotel at the time of the attack. The blast is said to have killed at least five people and injured more than a dozen.
The car contained 80 to 90 kg of explosives
Quetta police DIG Azhar Ikram said the explosives were placed in the car. The dead included a policeman stationed outside the hotel. Police cordoned off the area after the attack at 10.45 pm. According to the bomb disposal team, 80 to 90 kg of explosives were used for the blast, including ball bearings and C4 explosives.
“Our own people are involved in spreading terror,” the minister said
Shortly after the incident, Balochistan Interior Minister Mir Ziaullah Langov said terrorism was on the rise in the region. Our own people are involved in acts of terrorism. No threats were reported before the attack. Langow said the Chinese ambassador was not present at the hotel at the time of the blast. “I just met the Chinese ambassador and he is safe,” he said.
Pakistan said the hand of the country’s enemies
Balochistan government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani said the incident was being investigated at the highest level. He claimed that those involved would not escape the clutches of the law. He said Pakistan’s enemies were behind the blast. Quetta Deputy Commissioner Aurang Rangzeb Badini has confirmed the death toll.
Suspected attack on anti-China Balochistan Liberation Army
The attack on the Balochistan Liberation Army operating in the area is being suspected. The group has carried out a number of attacks on Chinese officials and employees in the past. The same group is said to have been involved in last year’s attack on the Karachi Stock Exchange. In 2006, the Pakistani military assassinated Nawab Akbar Bugti, the most influential leader in Balochistan, at the behest of Pervez Musharraf. He was also arrested in 2013 for killing Musharraf. Musharraf said in his defense at the time that the leaders were seeking a share in the revenue from oil and mineral production.
This organization targets the Chinese in opposition to the CPEC
The Balochistan Liberation Army has always opposed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Many times, the organization has also been accused of targeting Chinese nationals working in Pakistan. In 2018, the organization was also accused of attacking the Chinese consulate in Karachi. There are allegations that Pakistan took the decision regarding CPEC without consulting Baloch leaders.
The strategic position of Balochistan is important for Pakistan
Balochistan is the most important strategic province of Pakistan. Pakistan’s largest province, Balochistan, borders Afghanistan and Iran. At the same time, Karachi is one of them. A large part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passes through this province. The Baloch also controlled the port of Gwadar, which Pakistan now ceded to China.