A Chinese national who was critically injured in Karachi on Monday when unknown suspects opened fire at his car has died, said the doctors at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
Unknown suspects in a car opened fire at 46-year-old Chen Zhu’s car in Clifton near Zamzama Park, in what police have called a targeted attack.
Initially, station house officer (SHO) Clifton had said that Chen, the managing director of a shipping firm in Karachi, was travelling alone in the car. It later emerged that a second Chinese national accompanying him was buying vegetables at the time of the attack and took refuge in a nearby superstore when he heard the firing.
According to police, Chen was shot in the head, while a 30-year-old passer-by was shot in the leg.
“It appears to be a targeted incident,” police said. Nine bullet casings were recovered from the site of the attack.
The injured were shifted to JPMC, where Dr Seemin Jamali confirmed that the Chinese national had received a head injury and was in a critical condition. She later said that the man died during treatment.
Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice of the incident and ordered deputy inspector general south to start an inquiry into the matter.
“All measures should be taken to ensure that the suspects are arrested,” the minister said.
The Sindh inspector general of police has assigned the investigation of the incident to Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officer Raja Umer Khattab. He also directed CTD to register a first information report of the killing.
The incident comes nearly two months after China warned its citizens in Pakistan to be on alert after receiving intelligence reports about possible attacks targeting Chinese.
The Chinese Embassy in Islamabad said on its website in December that it had information about a “series of terror attacks” planned against Chinese organisations and personnel, without giving details. It urged its citizens to stay inside and avoid crowded places.
Thousands of Chinese workers are employed in development of about $60 billion worth of infrastructure projects under Beijing’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative. The port and road-building projects have come under frequent attacks in Balochistan.
The government has promised Beijing that it will deploy troops to secure the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Chinese nationals in the country.
Earlier in 2017, two Chinese nationals who were believed to be Christian missionaries were abducted from Quetta and killed by the militant Islamic State group.