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Dasu Dam incident: Chinese company withdraws notice to expel Pakistani workers

Dasu Dam incident: Chinese company withdraws notice to expel Pakistani workers
July 18, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - A Chinese company working at the Dasu Dam has withdrawn its notification pertaining to the expulsion of its Pakistani workers.

According to the reports, previously the development work at the Dasu Dam project was halted after mutual consultation in the aftermath of an attack on a bus carrying Chinese and Pakistani workers to the site. “Closing down work on the project was aimed at reassessing security situation.”

“The Chinese company will soon initiate work on the project,” it said and added that they were in constant touch with the Chinese officials.

On the other hand, a 15-member Chinese delegation has visited Dasu in connection with the investigation of the tragic incident where it was briefed by the Pakistani side.

In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, responding to media queries regarding the Chinese delegation's visit to Pakistan to provide assistance in investigating the Dasu incident, said the Chinese team expressed appreciation over the efforts made by the Pakistan side.

He said the delegation visited Dasu and was briefed at the incident site by the Pakistani investigators. The delegation also examined the site along with the Pakistani counterparts.

The delegation comprises of the representatives from the Chinese Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Commerce, criminal investigation and technical experts.

Yesterday, the delegation held a meeting with all relevant stakeholders in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Pakistani side was led in the meeting by the Interior Secretary and the Chinese side by the Ambassador of China.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged deepest condolences on the loss of precious lives and the Chinese side was briefed regarding the progress in the ongoing investigation indicating possibility of sabotage and about the care being provided to the injured.

After the meeting, the Chinese delegation visited injured Chinese nationals at CMH Rawalpindi.