News ID: 252709
Published: 0233 GMT May 12, 2019

Pakistan PM slams hotel attack as bid to damage economy

Pakistan PM slams hotel attack as bid to damage economy
BANARAS KHAN/AFP

An attack on a luxury hotel in the southwestern city of Gwadar was a bid to "sabotage prosperity", Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday, as police confirmed all the attackers had been killed.

At least one person was shot dead on Saturday after gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Gwadar, the centerpiece of a multibillion dollar Chinese infrastructure project, AFP wrote.

A group fighting for greater autonomy in Pakistan's poorest province, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter.

"Such attempts especially in Balochistan are an effort to sabotage our economic projects and prosperity. We shall not allow these agendas to succeed," Khan said in a statement issued by his office.

The Chinese embassy in Islamabad also strongly condemned the incident.

Local police said four gunmen who had stormed the hotel, shooting dead a security guard, had been killed overnight by security forces.

"All four terrorists were killed and security forces had taken complete control of the hotel building," a local police official in Gwadar told AFP via telephone.

His account was confirmed by a security source in Islamabad. The military had said on Saturday that there were three gunmen.

Mohammad Aslam, a police official in Gwadar, told AFP on Saturday that only staff were present in the building at the time of the attack.

The Pearl Continental, part of Pakistan's largest five-star hotel chain, is the only luxury hotel in Gwadar, frequented by foreign and Pakistani business delegations as well as diplomats.

Gwadar is a strategic port on the Arabian Sea that is being developed as part of the $60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is itself part of China's mammoth Belt and Road infrastructure project.

Pakistani officials have said the security forces were on alert for attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began in early May.

Security across most of Pakistan has improved over recent years following a major crackdown after the country's worst attack, when some 150 people, most of them children, were killed in an attack on a school in the western city of Peshawar in 2014.

But Balochistan, Pakistan's largest province, remains an exception and there have been several attacks this year, with at least 14 people killed last month in an attack on buses traveling between the southern city of Karachi and Gwadar.

Saturday's incident follows a bombing this week that targeted police outside a major Sufi shrine in Lahore, in northern Pakistan, that killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 20, officials said.

 

 

   
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