State won't allow anyone to use religious places of minorities for political purposes: Rana Sanaullah

Interior Minister says Karachi blast an attack on Pak-China friendship

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday expressed resolve to arrest perpetrators of Karachi blast and set a precedent. He said that on the directives of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, he was going to Karachi today.

He said that the whole country is in solidarity with the Chinese brothers, which is our common grief. He added that this is an attack on China-Pakistan friendship and we will do our best to deal with it. He said he would find out when he met with the relevant authorities. He added that our good friend China will be kept informed of the progress of the investigation into the incident.

The minister said they will review all safety equipment for Chinese residents and will take effective measures after a thorough review of safety. He added that every aspect will be scrutinized. Sana Ullah said the federal government would cooperate fully to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Meanwhile, a high-level team has been formed to investigate the suicide bombing in Karachi.

Four people, including three Chinese nationals, were killed in an explosion at Karachi University on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the notification, the DIGP of the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) was appointed as the Chairman of the four-member investigation committee while SSP Malir Irfan Bahadur, SSP East Abdul Rahim Sheerazi and SSP AVCC Zubair Naseer will be members of the team.

The four-member team has been directed to ensure that concrete efforts are made to help the CTD team and report progress on regular basis.

Earlier, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in-charge Umar Khattab has confirmed the blast at Karachi University was a suicide bomb attack. He also mentioned that a banned organization has claimed responsibility for the blast. The suicide bomber had explosives inside a bag, as per CTD in-charge.

DIG East Muqaddas Haider stated that more than three kilograms of explosives were used in the blast, adding that traces of explosives including ball bearings could be spotted on the vehicle.

The mentioned vehicle used to visit the university campus at the same time on daily basis, added DIG.

The deceased Chinese nationals were identified as Confucius Institute directors Huang Guiping, Ding Mupeng, Chen Sai and their Pakistani driver Khalid.

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