November 23, 2018 / 6:59 AM / 23 days ago

Pakistan PM Imran Khan orders inquiry into attack on Chinese consulate

Paramilitary forces and police are seen during an attack on the Chinese consulate, where blasts and shots are heard, in Karachi, Pakistan November 23, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday ordered an inquiry into the attack on China’s consulate in the coastal city of Karachi in which two policemen were killed.

“The Prime Minister has ordered a complete inquiry into the incident and has desired that elements behind this incident must be unearthed,” Khan’s office said in a statement, adding that the attack was part of a conspiracy aimed at undermining economic and strategic cooperation between the two nations.

“Such incidents will never be able to undermine Pak-China relationship,” the statement added. Neighboring China is Pakistan’s closest ally, ploughing billions of dollars in loans and infrastructure investments into the South Asian nation as part of Beijing’s vast Belt and Road initiative.

Reporting by Asif Shahzad; writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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