More than 1,000 Chinese citizens in Islamabad will be asked to report to the police before their move to ensure their safety, according to a media report published on Monday, amid increasing attacks on Chinese citizens in Pakistan.
The decision was made during a meeting held to review the performance of the Islamabad Police’s newly established District Foreign Security Cell for the security of foreigners, especially Chinese nationals, the Dawn newspaper reported.
It quoted Islamabad police officials as saying that a survey report was shared during the meeting that included details about Chinese citizens living in Islamabad.
More than 1,000 Chinese citizens in the federal capital are linked to more than three dozen projects, companies and businesses, the officials said, adding that Chinese linked to the multibillion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project received security cover from security forces. of security. and paramilitary troops.
It was decided at the meeting that SHOs from police stations, the security division or the patrol unit would provide security cover for more than 1,000 Chinese citizens during their movement, the officials said, adding that the SHOs were also tasked with collecting your data.
The SHOs will ensure the deployment of patrol personnel around Chinese citizens’ residences and check and verify the details of security guards.
CCTV cameras will be installed around the residences of Chinese citizens, as well as on the roads leading to their homes, the officials said.
The official added that DIG Operations was asked to visit residential areas where Chinese people lived and prepare a security audit report to plug security loopholes.
A desk at Safe City and Police Facilitation is also being set up, they added.
The meeting comes in the wake of mounting attacks against Chinese citizens in the country.
On April 26, a suicide attack by a burqa-clad Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) woman on the Confucius Institute van at the University of Karachi in Pakistan left three Chinese professors dead.
Claiming the attack, the separatist BLA said it opposed Chinese investment in Pakistan’s resource-rich Baluchistan province, saying locals did not benefit from it.
The BLA has attacked Chinese citizens on several occasions, as has the Pakistani Taliban.
China is heavily involved in large infrastructure projects throughout Pakistan, including in Baluchistan province.
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