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Firing in Gwadar an attack on Pak economy: PM Imran

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday condemned a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Gwadar in Balochistan. He said that the terror strike was an effort to deliberately destroy the country’s economic projects.

It is notable that on Saturday three heavily-armed militants stormed the Pearl Continental Hotel in the port city of Gwadar and a guard was killed in indiscriminate firing by the terrorists. All three attackers were killed by the security forces.

Pakistan PM Khan said, “Such attempts, especially in Balochistan, are an effort to damage our economic projects and prosperity. The government will not allow these agendas to succeed.” PM also appreciated the retaliatory action by a security guard and security forces in foiling greater loss to human lives. The banned Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack. Gwadar port is one of the focal points of the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). China has invested heavily in Balochistan under the CPEC.

The Chinese embassy in Pakistan also condemned the attack on the hotel and expressed condolences to the families of the security guard who was killed and two security men who were injured.

According to reports the hotel, frequented by business as well as leisure travellers, is located on the Koh-e-Batil hill, south of West Bay on Fish Harbour road in Gwadar. All foreign and local guests staying at the hotel were safely evacuated.

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