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Remains of killed engineers back home
2006-02-18 03:20:14 Xinhua English


(Xinhua)

HEFEI, Feb. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- The remains of three Chinese engineers killed in Pakistan were brought back by airplane to Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui Province Saturday morning.

Three coffins covered with national flags and flowers were carried out of the plane. Representatives from China's central government agencies, local governments, related companies, relatives of the victims, and Pakistani officials attended a receiving ceremony at the Luogang Airport in Anhui.

Wen Haiying, deputy governor of Anhui, extended condolence to the three engineers and expressed sympathy for their families.

Wen said the local government and company where the victims had worked attached great importance to the remaining problems. She also expressed appreciation for the Pakistani government's efforts in sending the victims' remains back to China.

"I believe that this incident would not affect the continuation of friendly cooperation between Anhui and Pakistan," she noted.

Pakistani Minister of State for Interior Affairs Shahzad Waseem, who is on a special trip of accompanying the remains to China, extended great grief for the Chinese government and people on behalf of the Pakistani government, saying that all Pakistani people were greatly shocked by the cruel crime of terrorists causing this incident.

He said the Pakistani government will find out the truth and severely punish the murderers, and will strengthen police forces to ensure the safety of Chinese people in Pakistan.

Waseem said the friendship between Pakistan and China is unbreakable, and the objective of the terrorists to create misunderstanding between the two sides will not be achieved.

The remains of three Chinese engineers were carried by a Pakistani airforce plane Friday afternoon to Urumqi, capital of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The Pakistani airforce plane was substituted by a Chinese airplane to fly from Urumqi to Hefei due to its mechanical failure at Friday night.

The three Chinese engineers, Long Hongbao, Wei Jianping and Zhao Bin, and their Pakistani driver were shot to death Wednesday when their car was attacked by a gunman on a road in the town of Hub, some 700 km southeast of Quetta, the Balochistan provincial capital, Pakistan.

Long Hongbao's home is in Hefei. The remains of the other two engineers Wei and Zhao were sent to their home towns in East China's Jiangxi and Jiangsu provinces respectively.

The engineers were working for a Chinese company to prepare equipment and offer technical services for the construction of a local cement factory which will be built in the first half of this year.

Another three Chinese technicians who survived the gun attack returned home on Friday along with seven other colleagues working on the same project.

Informed about the murder Wednesday evening, Chinese President Hu Jintao showed deep concern and ordered Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese embassy and consulate in Pakistan to handle the issue well. In addition, Hu asked the Pakistani side to catch the murderers, ensure the safety of the Chinese there and properly deal with the aftermath.

Hu also extended condolence on the death of the victims and expressed sympathy for their families.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao also made similar instructions on this issue.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Thursday sent messages of condolence to their Chinese counterparts respectively over the death of three Chinese engineers, expressing "shock, indignation and heartfelt sorrow" at the "most horrible act of terrorism."

Musharraf and Aziz expressed deep sympathy and sincere condolence to Chinese leaders, Chinese government, Chinese people, and especially to the bereaved families. All those behind the killing would be tracked and given the "most severe punishment" so that the "solid friendship" between the two countries and peoples can be safeguarded, they said.

The Pakistani president and prime minister spoke highly of the contributions Chinese engineers working in Pakistan have made to the country's economic development.

They reiterated that Pakistan would "take all necessary measures" to ensure the safety of all Chinese nationals in the country.

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