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China Demands Military Outpost in Pakistan,Islamabad in Tight Spot

China has sought military outposts for the security of its residents working in Pakistan, following recent  terror attacks on Chinese nationals and the Belt and Road Initiative’s (BRI) China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Karachi, Balochistan, and Gilgit-Baltistan.

China has long demanded security for its citizens and CPEC projects from Pakistani law enforcement agencies, according to diplomatic sources in Islamabad.

They are currently looking for military outposts in places influenced or used by the US during the Cold War and the war on terror.

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On April 26, a burqa-clad Baloch woman suicide bomber struck a van near Pakistan’s Confucius Institute, killing three Chinese teachers, including the head of the department, and their local driver. Dr Nadir Uddin, the Pakistani director of the institute, said the remaining 12 teachers have left for China, along with the remains of the deceased teachers. The banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) linked Majeed Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack on the teachers.

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CPEC PROJECTS UNDERWAY

The major CPEC projects underway are Bostan Industrial Zone (Special Economic Zone, SEZ) near Quetta, Balochistan; Chaman district of Balochistan bordering with Afghanistan; Gwadar Port, Specially Zone-I & Zone-II; some patrolling units on CPEC’s western alignment which covers hostile areas of Balochistan like Awaran, Khuzdar, Hoshab and Turbat areas; Mohmand Marble City (SEZ) near Mohmand Agency bordering with Afghanistan and Sost Dry-Port & Moqpondass Special Economic Zone Gilgit-Baltistan.

The source also told that Beijing was setting tougher conditions for Islamabad and seeking CPEC’s rollover debts to maintain pressure for the military outposts.

WILL CONTINUE TO TARGET’

Baloch separatist leaders claim that Chinese in Balochistan are working under the shadow security of Chinese Military and they will continue to target them.

Balochistan Liberation Army’s spokesman said: “We have targeted and killed Chinese security personnel in Gwadar Port and other areas where they are working on CPEC projects. The BLA has also issued and sent many warnings to Chinese authorities to pull out of Balochistan.”

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