China on Friday warned its citizens in Pakistan of a series of imminent “terrorist attacks” on Chinese targets in the country, Reuters reported.
The Chinese embassy in Islamabad warned all “Chinese-invested organisations and Chinese citizens to increase security awareness, strengthen internal precautions, reduce trips outside as much as possible, and avoid crowded public spaces”. The statement also asked Chinese citizens to cooperate with Pakistan’s police and the military officials, and alert the embassy in case of emergencies.
Thousands of Chinese workers have travelled to Pakistan to work on projects under the Belt and Road development plan. The Pakistani government has promised Beijing that it would deploy security forces to secure the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Chinese nationals in the country, Dawn reported.
In May, two Chinese nationals were killed in Pakistan’s restive province of Balochistan. The militant group Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack.