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Pakistan police resort to shutting Chinese shops over terror risk

Authorities say some establishments failing to take security seriously enough

An officer stands guard after an attack on a police station in Karachi in February. Pakistan has seen an alarming rise in terrorism in recent months, prompting a fresh warning from China.   © Reuters

KARACHI -- Pakistani authorities have resorted to temporarily shutting some businesses run and frequented by Chinese nationals as they scramble to prevent terrorist attacks that could compromise one of Islamabad's most important international relationships.

Chinese interests in Pakistan have become a prime target for separatists and other militants in recent years, including several deadly attacks. This has been a thorn in bilateral ties, with Beijing urging its cash-strapped South Asian partner to do more to protect its interests.

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