Gen Bajwa hails sacrifice of policemen in Karachi attack


RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday expressed grief at the martyrdom of two policemen in the attempted attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi’s Clifton area, hailing their sacrifice for the greater cause of protecting the citizens.

Security forces foiled a terror attack targeting the Chinese consulate, leaving at least four people including two police guards, dead. ASI Ashraf Dawood and Constable Amir were martyred as the gunmen tried to enter the consulate. Two civilians, a man and his son who had come from Quetta for visas, were also killed. A security guard was critically injured in the attack.

According to the ISPR, Gen Bajwa hailed “great sacrifice of policemen [who] embraced shahadat at Karachi today while fighting against terrorists.”

“Pakistan Rangers Sindh, police and other LEAs responded with professional excellence. We stay determined to root out terrorism and militancy from our motherland,” he added.

In an earlier tweet, army spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said, “Pakistan Police Service has evolved through testing times. Their displayed professionalism in recent times as first responders is commendable.”

“From preempting the terrorism attempts to foiling these at first checking point is the testimony,” Maj Gen Ghafoor said. “Salute to our police and its martyrs.”

Earlier in the day, the military’s media wing said: “Terrorists attempted to enter Chinese consulate. Rangers and police have got control. Three terrorists killed. All Chinese safe. The situation is under control.”