Pak to pay USD 11.6 mn compensation to 36 Chinese victims of hydropower project terror attack

Updated: few hours ago

Islamabad, Jan 22 (PTI) In a move aimed at placating its all-weather ally China, Pakistan in a "goodwill gesture" will pay USD 11.6 million in compensation to the 36 Chinese nationals working on a major hydropower project who either died or were injured in a terrorist attack in the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province last year.

The decision on the quantum of compensation to be paid was taken on Friday by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet, remotely chaired by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin who is isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

“The ECC, after deliberation and considering the depth of our relationship with China, approved the proposal of payment of USD 11.6 million as a goodwill gesture on (the) government level,” according to a statement by the finance ministry.