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Pakistan suffers blow as China stops Dasu Hydropower Project following lack of its citizens' safety

After the bus blast in Pakistan that left 9 Chinese dead a few days ago, the China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) that hired personnel to build Pakistan's Dasu Hydropower Project has suspended the work over safety concerns.

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Bengaluru, First Published Jul 18, 2021, 11:57 AM IST
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In a major embarrassment to Pakistan, the work on Dasu Hydropower Project by Chinese nationals at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has been severely impacted after the latter decided to stop the work following a bus blast in which 9 Chinese nationals were ripped apart.

Pakistan although initially claimed it as a technical glitch and gas leak that caused the blast, China reportedly refused to subscribe to these statements and hit back hard saying it was an act of terrorism.

As per reports, China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), the company that is working on the project as part of the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor has immediately terminated the employment of all Pakistanis. Except for a few basic staff working for project site maintenance and operation as per Pakistan Industrial and Commercial Ordinances, all have been relieved with the announcement of the one-time settlement including gratuity and half month salary for July month.

A day after the incident, Pakistan was forced to admit to the terror attack after traces of explosives were found near the blast site. It is said that homemade explosives were used to trigger the blast.

Meanwhile, Chinese top officials dialed up Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Friday and asked the government for a detailed probe and nab the culprits.

Following the development, Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed admitted that 15 officials from China have arrived in the country. The officials first visited the injured at the Pakistan Army Hospital and later held a joint inspection of the blast site involving both Chinese officials and Pakistan Army.

PM Imran Khan and top officials have assured China that their nationals residing here for the project will be given top security cover.

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