The terrorist attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi on November 23 has been claimed by Balochistan separatists seeking independence from Islamabad.
The attack conspired by the guerrilla Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) who stormed inside the Chinese consulate building in Karachi have professed the attack through a four-minute video.
Through the video released by Hakkal, the media organization of BLA, the Baloch attackers- Fidayee Raziq Baloch along with two others, enunciate the views of BLA towards the exploitation of Balochistan by China along with the Pakistan government, to further its military desires.
He further proclaimed in fluent English, "If the demands for freedom and justice are met with death, then the Baloch youth have all the rights to choose death of their own choice."
Another attacker added, "We the youths of Baloch prefer death if it results in the defeat and devastation of our enemies. We want to reiterate to China that they should stop their exploitative, evil plans and projects on immediate basis or they will continue to face the wrath of Baloch youths. Our attacks and future will be even further intensified," fading into a song of freedom.
As per reports, three gunmen, including a suicide bomber entered the Chinese embassy and while countering the attack two police officials lost their lives, along with two civilians.
Fearing the loss of Chinese investors and prosperity of his country, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack in a series of tweets.
BLA, founded in 2000 to fight for Baloch independence have often targeted government officials and security forces.
The Baloch province, possessing rich resources like oil, gas, gold and a strategically prominent location, sharing borders with Punjab, Afghanistan and Iran makes it extremely significant for Pakistan. Balochistan is Pakistan's least populated yet the largest province, that is witnessing development through the $56 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) an energy and infrastructure corridor.
But, Pakistani forces have been accused of detaining around 20,000 people including women and children illegally in the province, many of them raped and killed.