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The attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi was planned by banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) commander Aslam alias Achhu, Dunya News reported on Friday.

The Russian Consulate General in Pakistan's southern Karachi city has enhanced its security measures following a terrorist attack on the Chinese consulate, the general consulate's attache Artem Orlov told Sputnik on Friday.

"The firing is still continuing and the police have not made any official statement but eyewitnesses said there are three to four attackers, heavily armed attackers who tried to storm the Chinese consulate and still we can hear gunshots", Latif said.

Khan vowed that such incidents would never be able to undermine Pakistan's relations with China, which are 'mightier than the Himalayas and deeper than the Arabian Sea'. The injured including a security guard, who is said to be critical, have been rushed to Jinnah Post Medical Centre for treatment.

Resource-rich Balochistan is at the heart of ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

China has been expressing concern over the security of citizens working on the CPEC and other Chinese projects.

"Strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against Chinese Consulate in Karachi & in Orakzai tribal area".

A worsening of Security situation in Balochistan will make it harder for China to go ahead with the massive multi-billion dollar project in Pakistan.

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Pakistani police say the death toll from a bombing at an open-air food market in the country's northwest has risen to 25.

A separatist group, Balochistan Liberation Army, has reportedly claimed the attack, but there is no official confirmation on it. In a video clip, the Sindh police chief can be seen patting Talpur on his shoulder over fighting the terrorist courageously.

India denies any involvement in the decades old insurgency there.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bombing, saying it was an "act of terrorism". "The perpetrators of this heinous attack should be brought to justice expeditiously", it said in a statement.

The group opposes China's projects in the province and has previously attacked Chinese workers in Baluchistan, a Pakistani province at the center of a megaproject, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). A spokesman for the group explained the attack by saying that "China is exploiting our resources".

"Two attackers have entered the visa section of the consulate, diplomats are safe", a senior police officer told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"The failed attack against the Chinese Consulate was clearly a reaction to the unprecedented trade agreements that resulted from our trip to China".

There has always been resentment in Balochistan against Chinese investments in the province, particularly those that pertain to the development of the port of Gwadar.


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