Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday assured his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang that no effort would be spared to fully investigate the bus blast that killed nine Chinese nationals, stressing that “hostile forces” would not be allowed to harm the “brotherly” ties between the two countries.
Khan held a telephone conversation with the Chinese premier to express condolences over the loss of lives of Chinese nationals caused by the tragic incident in Dasu area of Upper Kohistan district of the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday.
At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals and two Frontier Corps soldiers, died and 39 others were injured when the bus carrying Chinese engineers and workers to the site of the under-construction Dasu Dam exploded. The bus fell into a deep ravine after the explosion.
According to an official statement, Khan reiterated that Pakistan and China had an iron-clad friendship which had withstood the vicissitudes of time.
No hostile forces would be allowed to damage brotherly relations between Pakistan and China,” he said.
Khan assured Li that no effort would be spared to fully investigate the incident, adding that security of the Chinese nationals, workers, projects, and institutions in Pakistan was the highest priority of the government. —PTI