On Wednesday, a passenger bus exploded in the Upper Kohistan district of KP, killing 13 people, including nine Chinese engineers. The explosion took place when the bus was heading to Dasu.
“Due to the explosive attack on July 14, 2021, which has caused a large number of victims, CGGC DASU HPP Management has been forced to suspend the construction of the DASU hydroelectric project,” the Chinese company CGGC said in a statement, cited by Sputnik.
The project calls for the construction of a hydroelectric plant on a river near Dasu as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
On Friday, China asked Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of “terrorist attacks” to justice. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang raised the issue with Prime Minister Imran Khan during a phone call, highlighting the need for Pakistan to “use all necessary measures” to investigate the incident and hold those responsible accountable.
Earlier today, Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said the perpetrators of the Dasu bus explosion would be exposed and brought to justice at any cost.
At a press conference in Islamabad, he said a high-level investigation into the incident was underway. He also reported that a 15-member Chinese team had also arrived in Pakistan to investigate the Dasu explosion.