Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif assured China on Tuesday that his government would not rest until the criminals involved in the suicide attack on the Chinese nationals in Karachi are brought to justice.

PM Shehbaz’s statement came after his meeting with Chargé d’affaires Pang Chunxue at China’s embassy in Islamabad to condole the death of Chinese citizens. The premier also sent a special condolence message to President Xi Jinping.

According to the PM Office, the premier expressed sorrow and grief over the death of Chinese residents in the suicide blast at Karachi University.

“The entire Pakistani nation is in shock and grief over the brutal attack,” said PM Shehbaz. He also extended heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Chinese government, its people, and the families of the victims.

“We condemn this terrorist attack in the strongest words and are determined to eradicate all forms of terrorism and terrorists from Pakistani soil,” assured the premier.

PM Shehbaz told the Chinese diplomat that his government would “investigate the incident expeditiously” and sentence the culprits to “exemplary punishment”.

He added that he has directed Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah to visit Karachi.

“We will not sit till the criminals are arrested and punished and we will hang the culprits who took the life of the Chinese nationals,” said PM Shehbaz.

The premier also shared that the Pakistani government would make all arrangements for the repatriation of the dead bodies and the injured to China.

“I have ordered to provide foolproof security to the Chinese citizens and institutions,” said PM Shehbaz.

The premier, during the visit, also wrote in the condolence book.

PM Shehbaz was accompanied by federal ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Rana Sanaullah, and State Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

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