According to Pakistani authorities, a Chinese couple recently abducted and killed by suspected ISIS militants were engaged in preaching Christianity under the guise of doing business. Late last month, the couple was abducted from Quetta, a city in southwestern Pakistan. ISIS has taken credit for the murders through its global mouthpiece the Amaq News Agency. In response, the Pakistani government has said it will review the visa applications of other Chinese nationals suspected of engaging in similar activities.
06/13/2017 Pakistan (Voice of America) – Pakistan says a Chinese couple recently murdered by suspected Islamic State loyalists in southwestern Baluchistan province were preaching Christianity under the guise of doing business in the country.
The slain Chinese nationals were kidnapped at gunpoint late last month from the provincial capital, Quetta. There were no claims of responsibility until Thursday when IS, through its global mouthpiece the Amaq News Agency, claimed executing the hostages.
The kidnappers later released video footage showing the bloodied body of the Chinese man, Lee Zing Yang, taking his last breaths. Pakistani authorities swiftly evacuated 11 Chinese nationals from Quetta following the incident.
On Monday, Pakistani interior minister Nisar Ali Khan chaired a high-level meeting in the wake of the “unfortunate” incident and directed authorities to review the process of issuance of visas to Chinese nationals, according to an official statement.
It said a group of Chinese citizens, including the slain couple, had entered Pakistan on business visas, but “instead of engaging in any business activity they went to Quetta and under the garb of learning Urdu language … were actually engaged in preaching.”
The statement added that a Korean national, Juan Won Seo, who runs an information technology-related company in the provincial capital was hosting the Chinese group.
Minister Khan “observed that it is highly unfortunate that a misuse of the terms of a business visa contributed to the unfortunate incident of abduction and subsequent murder of two innocent Chinese.”
He also directed authorities to gather information about Chinese nationals in Pakistan and establish a database to enable security institutions to ensure their protection, according to the statement.