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Days after an incident in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chinese engineers working on the CPEC were spotted with AK-47s

Days after the incident in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a series of photos circulating on social media show Chinese employees carrying AK-47s on their shoulders while performing maintenance duties at various CPEC sites.

Days after a deadly attack on Chinese workers in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chinese engineers and workers – tasked at various CPEC projects – were seen armed not with their toolkits but AK-47s. At least 9 Chinese workers were killed in the deadly attack on a bus carrying Chinese engineers to the Dasu dam site in Upper Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa earlier this month.

Several photos are doing the rounds on social media platforms that show Chinese workers carrying AK-47s on their shoulders. According to information available, a massive amount of Chinese money has been pumped into creating, training and equipping two Special Security Divisions (SSDs), the 34 and 44 Light Infantry Divisions with 15000 troops each. While the 34 Light Division was created in Sep 2016, 44 Light Division was created in 2020. 

Pakistan Army had asked for and received money for equipping these divisions, however, they have failed to carry out their duties completely and have been at the receiving end of insurgent attacks, the most deadly being the attack carried out in Ormara on 15 Oct 2020 when 14 Pak Security personnel were dragged out of a bus and killed by Balochi militants.

Chinese workers and engineers, wherever they work within Pakistan, are guarded 24/7 by armed guards, making them hostages to the Pakistani Army. This has created a number of near-riot situations where fistfights have turned ugly, especially when it relates to the Chinese using Pakistani Army vehicles to visit and frequent red light areas, as per reports.

History speaks itself that most of Pakistan’s troubles have been the result of Chinese involvement in its internal affairs. The Red Mosque episode, which brought into open sub-surface tensions between the establishment and an array of armed extremist groups, was the opening salvo of what turned out to be an orgy of violence that took countless Pakistani lives and plunged Pakistan into chaos. And all this took was a spark in the form of an abduction – of Chinese ‘massage women’ near the Red Mosque neighborhood. 

The Chinese ambassador literally held President Musharraf’s hands as he was forced to use armed soldiers to barge into the Mosque, an incident that led to the death of countless faithful and significant casualties for the elite SSG commandos. 

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