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Pakistan: Chinese firm reluctant to resume work on Dasu project
Dasu Project
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Pakistan: Chinese firm reluctant to resume work on Dasu project

| @indiablooms | 13 Aug 2021, 06:18 pm

Mansehra: Chinese workers are reluctant to work in the Dasu project of Pakistan, months after the  death of 13 people, including nine Chinese workers, in a bus blast on July 13, media reports said.

The talks between the Water and Power Development Authority and China’s Gezhouba Group Company on the resumption of work on Dasu hydropower project remained inconclusive in Islamabad on Wednesday, Dawn News reported.

The Chinese ambassador attended the talks.

A member of Pakistani negotiators told Dawn that the parleys, which were postponed last week, were held in presence of Chinese ambassador Nong Rong but the Chinese company continued to be reluctant to resume work on the project for security and other reasons.

He, however, told the newspaper that the two sides decided to hold another round of talks to ensure early resumption of work.

The source told the newspaper that the Wapda chairman informed the Chinese company’s representatives and ambassador about the deployment of the Pakistan Army’s troops in Upper and Lower Kohistan and Kolai-Palas districts.

He said the Pakistan Army’s brigades deployed in Kohistan district would escort Chinese nationals to work and respective camps via the Karakoram Highway.

The source said both sides also discussed progress on the bus blast probe by the Chinese agencies and counter-terrorism department.

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