ISLAMABAD  -   Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Friday telephoned State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi regarding the terrorist attack at the Chinese Consulate in Karachi and apprised him of the details.

He highlighted the prompt action of Pakistani law enforcement officials and informed him about the martyrdom of two security officials that helped in a quick resolution of the crisis, a Foreign Office statement said.

The foreign minister assured the state councillor that a thorough investigation would be carried out to apprehend the perpetrators, their financiers, planners and facilitators.

“Pakistan is fully committed to taking all necessary measures to provide robust security to all Chinese nationals in Pakistan,” he said and added that the two countries would continue to cooperate to thwart the designs of hostile forces against their times-tested friendship.

Chinese FM Wang Yi strongly condemned the terrorist attack at Chinese Consulate in Karachi. He appreciated the quick, prompt and effective action of Pakistan security and law enforcement forces who sacrificed their lives to protect the Chinese Consulate.

He said the terrorist attack was an attempt to impact Pakistan China relations and to harm CPEC. He stressed that Pakistan-China brotherhood was clad in iron and such cowardly attacks could not affect it.

Talking to journalists in Islamabad, Qureshi said that all the Chinese staff members were safe. Qureshi said security forces killed all three terrorists and secured the area. “Our priority was to secure the lives of citizens and the consulate staff. The terrorists could not take any hostage, kill or injured anyone,” he maintained.

BARRISTER SULTAN CALLS ON QURESHI

Foreign Minister Qureshi said Kashmir cause was an important pillar of Pakistan’s foreign policy and it has a clear stance on this issue. Speaking to President PTIAzad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry here, he said Indian brutalities and human rights violations had been clearly exposed by surveys of international organisations.

“The two leaders also discussed party matters during the meeting,” said a foreign ministry statement.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed the confidence that the opening of Kartarpura crossing will create goodwill between Pakistan and India.

Speaking in the National Assembly, he said this corridor will encourage Sikh community to visit Pakistan in large numbers.

Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will perform the grounding breaking of Kartarpura corridor on November 28.