Chinese worker dies in Pakistan

A Chinese worker has died in a site accident while working on a Pakistan road project, part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The 35-year old man, identified as Fung, was severely injured when he fell into an excavation onto fixed iron bars on section 2 of the Abbottabad Motorway near Dobather-Pawa, reports newspaper Dawn.

The worker was taken to the District Headquarters Hospital but died from his injuries.

Authorities are extremely sensitive about safety and security on the Chinese funded and built transport and energy corridor through Pakistan because it is vulnerable to terror attacks.

No Chinese workers are reported to have been killed but in May 10 Pakistani workers were gunned down 20km from the port city of Gwadar in Balochistan province, which forms the southern hub of CPEC.

Last year an official said 44 Pakistani workers had been killed since 2014 by militants trying to disrupt the project.

District Police Officer Abbottabad, Ashfaq Anwar, while confirming the incident, told Dawn that this was an accident and that local police was conducting a detailed inquiry.

Amidst tight security, the body of the worker has been shifted to Dobather Camp after an autopsy and will be transferred to China soon after.

Image: Planned highway network for CPEC (Government of Pakistan/Wikimedia Commons)

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