When the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) began operations in 2016-17, the BLA (Balochistan Liberation Army) started targeting Chinese nationals and businesses. CPEC is also part of China’s BRI (Belt and Road Initiative).
“It is important for us to make foolproof security measures for our Chinese friends,” the minister told the South China Morning Post. “In the wake of the recent attacks, we are taking extra measures to ensure their security.”
But this has done little to foil the BLA. On May 11, a tweet from what claimed to be the BLA’s official Twitter account said: “Expect more attacks in the future.”
The BLA also believes China – in their efforts to protect their investment in the CPEC – is helping the Pakistani military quell their struggle for an independent Baluchistan.