Pakistan will thwart any attempt to undermine ties with China, says President Alvi

Pakistan will thwart any attempt to undermine ties with China, says President Alvi

In this file photo taken on March 25, 2021, Pakistan's president Arif Alvi speaks during a military parade to mark Pakistan's National Day in Islamabad. AAMIR QURESHI AFP ISLAMABAD - Pakistan will thwart any attempt to undermine its relations with China, Pakistani President Arif Alvi said on Saturday after a terrorist attack killed three Chinese nationals in Karachi earlier this week.

Three Chinese teachers were killed on Tuesday when a shuttle passenger van was attacked by the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi.

During his visit to the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad, the president expressed condolences to the Chinese side over the deaths of the teachers, and strongly condemned the attack, saying that Pakistan will spare no effort to fight terrorism and ensure the safety of Chinese citizens and institutions in the country.

The victims were friendly ambassadors who promoted people-to-people exchanges between Pakistan and China, he said, adding that terrorists aimed at damaging the Pakistan-China friendship and the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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The president stressed that Pakistan's development and corridor construction can't be achieved without the support of China, an iron brother of Pakistan.

Pang Chunxue, charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, thanked Alvi for his visit, and said that China strongly condemns the terrorist attack and has asked the Pakistani side to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

She said China will work with Pakistan to ensure the safety of the Chinese citizens, projects and institutions in Pakistan, fight terrorism and promote regional peace and stability.

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