[Global Times Special Correspondent in Pakistan Cheng Shijie] After the shuttle bus for the Dasu Hydropower Station Project in Pakistan's Cape Province, which was constructed by a Chinese enterprise, was hit by an explosion on the 14th, all Chinese enterprises in Pakistan have strengthened security measures.
According to Pakistan’s “Dawn” report, on the evening of the 19th, Pakistani Army Chief of Staff Bajwa met with Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong. The safety of Chinese citizens of the project.
Pakistani media reports show that all regions in Pakistan are strengthening the security of local Chinese enterprise projects.
According to a reporter from the Global Times, after the terrorist attack occurred, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan took an active role and urgently contacted various Chinese companies in Pakistan, requesting all units to strengthen security measures to deal with possible terrorist attacks.
A representative of a Chinese company in Pakistan in the field of infrastructure construction told the Global Times reporter that the domestic headquarters of the company attaches great importance to the security situation in Pakistan and requires the project to quickly carry out security self-examinations, and use the recent terrorist attacks as a lesson to detect and eliminate them in time. Security risks.
The Public Relations Bureau of Pakistan’s Armed Forces stated on the 19th that General Bajwa and Ambassador Nongrong discussed the follow-up to the Dasu terrorist attack, as well as the safety of Chinese personnel, institutions and projects in Pakistan. The two emphasized the need to "frustrate all challenges to Pakistan." Conspiracy of hostile forces in strategic cooperation with China, especially between the two sides."
Pakistan's "News" reported on the 20th that Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said at a press conference that day that law enforcement agencies have completed the investigation of the Dasu bombing.
"Someone is trying to create seeds of discord between Pakistan and China," he said. The Dasu bombing was for this reason.
Another report in the "News" on the 20th said that in the Koshistan area where the Dasu bombing occurred, local people vowed to provide safety guarantees for Chinese workers.
"When the militant forces and terrorism reach their peak, the people of Kochstan will not allow criminals to enter the area. We will not allow these factors to undermine the Dasu Hydropower Project and other large-scale projects," a member of the Dasu Dam Affected People's Committee Maulana Abdul Wahab told reporters, “We will never allow the enemies of the Sino-Pakistani friendship to destroy this large-scale energy project. We believe that this attack on Chinese citizens is an attack on the Koishistans.” Another local elder Gulab Khan said, “The Dasu Hydropower Station is a large-scale project in the local energy sector that will bring prosperity to the region.”
According to Pakistan’s "Business Record" report on the 20th, the Punjab police decided in principle to thoroughly review the security arrangements made for the local China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project Chinese experts and Chinese investors and businessmen.
Punjab Police Chief Ghani said on the 19th that he has instructed the senior police command to ensure the safety of Chinese experts working in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Chinese investors in non-corridor projects. Carry out a review, and at the same time conduct a new security review of all private security companies that provide security or other work for Chinese citizens.
He added that anti-terrorism departments, special departments and local police should conduct searches, cleaning and sorting operations near the residences, offices, commercial centers and other projects of Chinese citizens, and these operations must be carried out on a regular basis.
The Regional Intelligence Committee should reconsider whether Chinese citizens working in Pakistan need security or increase security arrangements after mutual consultation between the two parties.
On the occasion of the Eid al-Adha, the province will have about 47,000 police and officials performing security duties during the event.
Combining multiple factors such as frequency of occurrence, death toll, and area of occurrence, Pakistan's terrorist activities have been significantly reduced from the high point around 2010 in the past ten years, especially in the Pakistani military's sphere of influence and in important urban areas, there has been a significant reduction in terrorist attacks.
Although the frequency of attacks against Chinese in Pakistan is not high, they are of major importance.
On November 23, 2018, the Chinese Consulate General in Karachi was attacked by three gunmen. Four Pakistani security personnel and local policemen were killed.
The gunman attempted to break into the gate of the consulate general.
After that incident, Chinese personnel, institutions and projects in Pakistan have strengthened their safety protection.
Pakistan’s military and police are responsible for the hydropower, coal, and highway projects in remote and mountainous areas of Pakistan. The corporate offices and most of the residences in Pakistan’s major cities such as Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore have hired security companies24 Hours on duty.
Since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in Pakistan, all Chinese enterprise projects have generally adopted closed management to reduce the risk of infection caused by the movement of people, and objectively reduce the security risk of anti-terrorism.
But recently, the Pakistani epidemic has shown a serious trend again. The number of new cases per day exceeded 2,000 for one week in a row.
Considering that the upper limit of Pakistan's daily nucleic acid testing capacity is about 50,000, the actual number of new cases per day may be more.
Under the dual pressure of the epidemic and terrorist attacks, the normal operations of Chinese companies in Pakistan are facing new challenges.