Under the garb of Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology and Pakistan Army’s Defense Science & Technology Organization are conducting experiments on deadly pathogens to expand potential bio-warfare capabilities.
An Australian investigative media group The Klaxon, in an exclusive report in August this year, revealed that the two countries have been carrying out extensive research operations on deadly ‘animal to human’ pathogens in Pakistan involving more than 7000 Pakistani farmers, herders and others and over 2800 camels and other animals.
The Wuhan scientists have been conducting tests in collaboration with Rawalpindi in Pakistan since 2015, the Klaxon reported. The programme is funded by China under Xi’s ambitious BRI project.
The results of at least five studies conducted on some of the world’s deadliest and most contagious pathogens — West Nile Virus; MERS-Coronavirus; Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus; the Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Virus; and the Chikungunya Virus — have been published in scientific papers between December 2017 and March 9, 2020.
The China-Pakistan research involves experiments and genome sequencing of the deadly viruses. One of the studies thanked Wuhan’s National Virus Resource Centre for “providing the virus-infected Vero cells”.
Strangely, the Wuhan-Pakistan military tie-up has never been publicly announced or disclosed before, the Klaxon said adding that the key concerns are that Pakistan could use the technology in bio-warfare, or that deadly pathogens could accidentally escape from inadequately equipped facilities.
Both China and Pakistan have denied the claims. However, the Pakistan government has confirmed the existence of a deal between its military and the Wuhan lab.
Report by Times now news
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