Life In Pakistan For Japanese People Getting 'More Difficult' Every Day, Here's Why

For Japanese citizens, life in Pakistan may be getting more difficult every day. On April 19, in Karachi, two men on a motorcycle attacked a vehicle in which five Japanese citizens were travelling. All of them survived, but several civilians--passersby-- were injured in the attack. Two people-- the suicide bomber and another man involved in the attack-- were killed, the latter by security men.
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Spot visual from Pakistan's suicide attack in Karachi.

Photo : AP
For Japanese citizens, life in Pakistan may be getting more difficult every day. On April 19, in Karachi, two men on a motorcycle attacked a vehicle in which five Japanese citizens were travelling. All of them survived, but several civilians--passersby-- were injured in the attack. Two people-- the suicide bomber and another man involved in the attack-- were killed, the latter by security men.
While the people of Pakistan have nothing against the Japanese, there is considerable resentment against the Chinese. And the men on the motorcycle thought they were Chinese. Beijing is seen as a close ally of the current regime, which Balochi separatists and the Tehrik-e-Taliban and other groups oppose. So, in recent weeks, there have been attacks on Chinese nationals, and in one, five engineers who were working on the Dasu hydro-electric power plant, were killed in Bisham Tehsil of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Deeply aggrieved, the Chinese government sent an 18-member delegation on March 28, led by Bai Tan, director-general, External Security of the Foreign Ministry to meet concerned officials, both civilian and military to ensure better protection for its citizens.
Many oppose the $60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC that runs through Balochistan. It is part of the exploitation of resources of the underdeveloped province without any good happening to the people who live there, they believe. The Gwadar port, built largely by the Chinese, has faced attacks as well.
While the five Japanese, workers in a nearby automobile plant, were unhurt, the attack will certainly worry Tokyo, sources said, as their citizens may be in danger in China. The 'mistaken identity' issue may also raise questions about more Japanese investment in Pakistan.
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