South Asia

Chinese firm halts work on Pakistan’s Tarbela project after attack

A Chinese company has halted civil operations at the Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project in Pakistan, dismissing over 2,000 workers following the deaths of Chinese nationals in a suicide attack in the Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to Pakistani media citing official sources.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, involved an explosive-laden vehicle colliding with a bus on the Karakoram Highway in the Bisham area, killing five Chinese engineers working on the Dasu Dam.

So far, no organization has taken responsibility for the attack.

The suspension of the 1,530-megawatt Tarbela extension project, referred to as T5, was announced by the Power Construction Corporation of China’s administration manager.

In response, Haripur police have increased security around the living quarters and work camps of Chinese nationals involved in the T-5 Hydropower project.