ASIA Pakistan says Chinese killed by Islamic State were preachers

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan
identified on Monday two Chinese
nationals recently abducted and killed
by the Islamic State and, in a new
twist, said the two were preachers who
had posed as business people to enter
the country.

The interior ministry named the two as
Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26,
and said their violation of visa rules
had contributed to their abductions.
Previously officials said they were
Chinese-language teachers.
The two were abducted by armed men
pretending to be policemen on May 24
in Quetta, the provincial capital of
Baluchistan province. Last week,
Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said
its members had killed them.
“Instead of engaging in any business
activity, they went to Quetta and under
the garb of learning (the) Urdu
language from a Korean national …
were actually engaged in preaching,”
the ministry said in a statement.
It did not say what kind of preachers
they were, nor did it say if the Korean
was from North Korea or South Korea.
The interior ministry confirmed the
two Chinese had been killed but it was
not clear if their bodies have been
found.
The kidnapping was a rare crime
against Chinese nationals in Pakistan,
which has long had close ties to
Beijing, but it has alarmed the growing
Chinese community in the country.
China has pledged to invest $57 billion
in Pakistan in projects linked to its
“Belt and Road” infrastructure plan
aimed at linking China with the Middle
East and Europe.
But the infusion of cash has come with
frequent requests for Pakistan to
improve security, especially in the
western Baluchistan province that will
house a deepwater port and a road
artery vital for the China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPC).
The incident has prompted Pakistan to
boost security around Chinese
nationals and other foreigners, and
accelerated plans for thousands-strong
special police protection units to focus
on safeguarding Chinese citizens.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali
Khan said in response to the case that
there should be a review of the visa
process for Chinese nationals entering
Pakistan, and for a databank to track
Chinese workers in different parts of
the country.
Khan ordered the databank to be
“shared with all security agencies”, his
ministry said in a statement.
At present, Chinese citizens are able to
obtain visas faster than other
nationals, and for longer periods when
their work relates to CPEC projects.
Khan said the government must work
on keeping visitors secure but also
appeared to try to shift the blame for
the security lapse onto the Chinese
nationals, saying they should have
informed the authorities of their
activities.
“The Minister observed that it is highly
unfortunate that a misuse of the terms
of (the) business visa contributed to the
unfortunate incident of abduction and
subsequent murder of two innocent
Chinese,” the ministry said.
Source: CrusaderJournal

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