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China presses Pakistan to strike against own people in Balochistan-Khyber to curb anti-Beijing protests: Report
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China presses Pakistan to strike against own people in Balochistan-Khyber to curb anti-Beijing protests: Report

| @indiablooms | 31 May 2024, 01:26 pm

Pakistan Army and Air Force are likely to launch Operation Zarb-e-Azab II to target its own citizens in Balochistan and Khyber for protesting against China, according to reports.

The operation will be launched under Beijing's pressure, said the report. China is an all-weather ally of Pakistan.

An investigative journalism X handle called Nepal Correspondence posted: "#PakistanArmy and Air Force are making preparations to bomb own people in #Balochistan and #Khyber to crush anti- #China movement."

"Well-informed sources in the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, #Pakistan said that #Beijing has asked #Islamabad to launch operation #ZarbeAzab2 and crush Baloch & #Pashtun movement against Pakistan & #China," the X post further said.

China is reportedly making demands to Pakistan ahead of PM Shehbaz Sharif's visit to Beijing. Sharif is likely to visit China in June and meet President Xi Jinping and other top officials.

The prime minister is expected to discuss issues including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and phase II of the ML-1 project with the Chinese leadership, sources told ARY News.

CPEC is a 3,000 km Chinese infrastructure network project in construction in Pakistan.

Last week, Pakistan also decided to pay USD  2.58 million to families of Chinese workers who were killed in a suspected terror attack in  Shangla in March.

The meeting of the Economic Coordi­nation Committee (ECC), presided over by Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb, approved $2.58 million compensation package for the families of five Chinese workers of the Dasu Hydropower Project and Rs2.5 million to a local national (driver) killed in a terrorist attack near Shangla, reported Dawn News.

Nepal Correspondence posted on X: "As for security, Sun Weidong emphasized the need for another Zarb-e-Azb against #Pashtuns & Balochis to crush them once and for all. This demand came from #China after its citizens were killed near #Swat in a suicide attack."

"#Pakistan government has also been asked to pay compensation of $ 2.58 million to the heirs of Chinese nationals who lost their lives in the attack. #Pakistan government however, has never paid any compensation to the families of people whom #PakistanArmy has killed so far," the post said.

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