Chinese begin to leave Pakistan after Karachi University suicide bombing

A large number of Chinese nationals are leaving Pakistan from Karachi after 3 Chinese nationals and a Pakistani citizen were killed in a suicide bombing by a Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) at the University of Karachi on April 26.

A video is going viral on social media showing a large number of Chinese in PPE kits leaving Karachi airport.

Asad Malik (@AsadtoAsad), a Pakistani, shared a video clip on Twitter and wrote, “As soon as the US-sponsored import regime came to power, followed by an explosion against the Chinese. The News is that more than 2,000 Chinese are leaving Pakistan. Seems our enemies are succeeding in their mission. #MarchAgainstImportedGovt”

Another Pakistani Syed Shayan (@mrscnzyt) wrote: “Thank you Lumber 1 because you didn’t find any conspiracy but… the attack on the Chinese and now the Chinese leaving Pakistan and the work on the CPEC project will slow down … but no conspiracy and Bravo America You achieve what you need”.

Saleem Khan (@saleembct) also shared the music video and wrote on Twitter, “Karachi Airport today. Around 2,000 Chinese are leaving due to threats. Very tragic indeed as projects would shut down”

A large number of Chinese engineers and other workers are working in Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan provinces under the One Belt One Road (OBOR) project. Many Chinese professors even teach Mandarin to Pakistanis in various universities and institutes.

This has angered indigenous Baloch and Sindhi political activists who oppose any Chinese investment in their region.

The recent suicide bombing that killed 3 Chinese teachers took place in front of the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi (KU). The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Karachi suicide bombing is part of an escalating Baloch crackdown on the $54 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It also sheds light on the broader and deeper struggle for freedom in Balochistan.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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