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Belt and Road

Pakistani militants shift focus to cities in targeting of Chinese

Recent attempts hint armed groups opposing Belt and Road set sights on Karachi

Special combat police conduct an exercise in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in January 2016. Security forces in Pakistan increasingly see a need to train for urban-focused operations.   © Reuters

KARACHI -- Recent attacks on Chinese citizens in Karachi show that Pakistani militant groups opposing China's Belt and Road Initiative have changed their strategy -- focusing on the country's urban centers and targeting Chinese nationals and investments.

On Tuesday, a Chinese citizen and his interpreter survived a gun assault on a car showroom in the outskirts of Karachi, the country's key port city and economic hub. A week before, another Chinese national survived an attempt to blow up his vehicle outside the restaurant he owns in Karachi's upscale Clifton area.

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