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Pakistan has ordered the deportation of a South Korean Christian the Interior Ministry has accused of “illegal preaching” of Christianity. The suspected missionary came to the attention of authorities after two Chinese Christians, working with the suspected missionary, were abducted and killed by ISIS militants earlier this month. Preaching Christianity to Muslims in Pakistan is something considered very dangerous in Pakistan with both government officials and extremist seeking to eliminate it altogether. Will other missionaries in Pakistan be investigated and kicked out as a result of this incident? 

06/23/2017 Pakistan (Christian Today) – Pakistan has ordered a South Korean Christian arrested earlier this month to leave the country, accusing him of ‘illegal preaching activities’ after two of his students at a language school were killed by Islamic State.

‘Investigations have revealed that [Juan Won-seo] went to Pakistan on a business visa, set up an Urdu academy in Quetta and got involved in illegal preaching activities,’ Pakistan’s interior minister said on 19 June, World Watch Monitor reported. ‘We have revoked his visa and asked him to leave the country.’

Christian Today earlier this month reported the arrest of the man and members of his family.

A South Korean official had previously denied the preaching claim, telling the Hindustan Times on 14 June that ‘nothing has so far been found to verify the suspicion that they were involved with a Korean missionary group’.

Lee Zingyang, 24, and Meng Lisi, 26, went missing last month in Quetta, capital of Pakistan’s impoverished Balochistan province, and ISIS claimed responsibility for their deaths on 8 June.

They were among about a dozen Chinese people ostensibly studying Urdu and at least one other language at his school.

‘The Korean family was training the Chinese nationals in missionary work,’ said Quetta police official Abdul Razzaque Cheema told the Pakistan daily newspaper DAWN last month. ‘We have interviewed around 50 people who were in contact with the Chinese and received text messages or calls from them. All of them have corroborated that the Chinese were involved in preaching’.

The incident prompted calls for a review of Pakistan’s security and visa processes for Chinese nationals, and a databank that would track Chinese nationals working in Pakistan.

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