FM Qureshi telephones Chinese counterpart, shares details of terrorist attack

FM Qureshi telephones Chinese counterpart, shares details of terrorist attack

Islamabad (Agencies): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday telephoned his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and shared the details of the terrorist attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi told him that Pakistani law enforcing agencies sacrificed their lives in a timely action to neutralize all the terrorists. He said this incident was a failed attempt to weaken Pak China friendship and CPEC.

The FM assured his counterpart that protection of foreign diplomats in Pakistan is our national obligation that is being carried out effectively, Radio Pakistan reported.

Wang Yi appreciated the timely action of Pakistani law enforcing agencies and thanked Shah Mehmood Qureshi for his cooperation.

He also paid rich tributes to police personnel killed in the line of duty and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families.

At least seven people ─ two policemen, two civilians and three terrorists ─ were killed in the attack targeting the embassy.

The exchange of fire started around 9.30am.

According to Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Karachi Javed Alam Odho, at least three gunmen tried to enter the consulate but were intercepted by security guards at a checkpoint, Retaliatory firing resulted in martyrdom of two police officials, he added.

Three suspects were killed as forces successfully foiled the attack, Karachi Police Chief Dr Amir Shaikh said. "The men came to the consulate in a car which was loaded with explosives," Karachi police chief said.

One person has also been admitted to the hospital in critical condition, he added.

Suicide jackets and weapons were recovered from the possession of the terrorists.

All the staff inside the Chinese consulate is safe, security sources said.