A Chinese national was shot and wounded in an attack in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi on Wednesday, police said, two weeks after nine Chinese workers were killed when an explosion sent their bus over a ravine in the north of the country. Wednesday’s victim and another Chinese national were being driven to Karachi’s industrial area when they were attacked, police deputy inspector general Javed Akbar Riaz said.
“Two men wearing face masks riding a motorcycle carried out the shooting,” Riaz told Reuters, adding that the men were travelling without a police escort. The Chinese individual was not hit on any vital parts of his body and is currently stable. No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Speaking in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian described the incident as “an isolated case”. “We have full confidence in the Pakistan side’s protection of Chinese citizens and property in Pakistan,” he told a regular news briefing. The latest attack on the Chinese individual comes just two weeks after 13 people, including nine Chinese citizens working on a dam project, were killed when their bus was hit by an explosion in Kohistan, northwest Pakistan, on July 14. The Chinese nationals who were killed were working at the Dasu hydroelectric project, which is being built by China in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. It was not clear if the victim of the latest attack was also involved with any CPEC project.