Consular Office in Pakistan Temporarily Closed by China – See Why.
China has temporarily closed the consular section of its embassy in Pakistan, citing “technical issues.” The announcement was made on the embassy’s website, with no specifics given on the nature of the issues or the duration of the closure.
This news comes just days after the Chinese government advised its citizens in Pakistan to exercise caution due to the country’s worsening security situation. Pakistan has experienced a surge in terrorist attacks since the end of last year when the Pakistani Taliban ended a fragile truce with the government.
The embassy announced this on its website, refraining from providing specific information about the nature of the “technical issue” or the timeline for the closure.
“Due to technical issues, the consular section of the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad will be temporarily closed from February 13, 2023, until further notice,” the notice said.
Chinese nationals working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a significant component of Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, have been targeted by various terrorist groups in Pakistan.
The CPEC is a USD 65 billion network of roads, railways, pipelines, and ports in Pakistan that connect China to the Arabian Sea, with the aim of boosting Pakistan’s economic expansion and modernization.
Last April, a female suicide bomber targeted Chinese teachers and their Pakistani driver in Karachi, killing three people. The attack aimed to undermine the strong partnership between the two countries, upon which Pakistan’s financial survival largely depends.
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