Two Chinese nationals abducted from Quetta

Published: May 24, 2017
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Unknown abductors forced the two foreigners into a vehicle at gunpoint and drove away.

Unknown abductors forced the two foreigners into a vehicle at gunpoint and drove away.

QUETTA: Armed men pretending to be policemen kidnapped two Chinese language teachers from Jinnah town, an affluent residential area in Quetta on Wednesday.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, a provincial government spokesperson, said men pretending to be police officers kidnapped the Chinese teachers and wounded a passerby who tried to stop them.

“A Chinese couple has been kidnapped,” he said, adding that officials had earlier mistaken the wounded passerby for a security guard.

“[The passerby] inquired why they were doing this and they said they were from a law enforcement agency, but when he asked for their identification cards, they shot him,” added Kakar.

Passer-by Muhammad Zahir who got injured told AFP: “I was walking on the road when I saw three men forcing a Chinese woman in a white car and she was refusing and crying, I stopped to observe the situation but they had forced the woman in the car by then and were pushing the man.

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“So I rushed to them and asked what they were doing. One of them said we are from the crime branch of the police and we are taking them for investigation and I told them that they should not misbehave with people, then the driver came out and shot me in my foot,” the 35-year-old said.

Chinese state media confirmed the kidnappings, while deputy chief of mission in Islamabad Lijian Zhao said the embassy was working toward their release.

Quetta police chief Razzaq Cheema said another Chinese woman narrowly evaded the kidnappers outside a language centre in Jinnah town, near the international airport on the city’s outskirts. “Armed men took the couple into custody at gunpoint when they were coming out from the centre,” Cheema said.

The numbers of Pakistanis studying Mandarin has skyrocketed since 2014, when President Xi Jinping signed off on the vast plans to fund power and road infrastructure.

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Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has asked for an immediate inquiry into the abduction. Zehri directed the Balochistan IGP to take immediate steps for an early recovery of the missing Chinese workers.

He further directed that a standard operating procedure (SOP) be designed for ensuring the safety and security for all the foreigners working in the province.

China’s ambassador to Pakistan and other officials have urged Islamabad to improve security, especially in Balochistan, as it is building a new port and funding roads as part of the $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that will connect western China with Pakistan’s Arabian Sea coast.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 24, 2017 - 3:30PM

    Heres a warm welcome to the cliched lines – India and RAW is behind this . they want to disrupt CPEC. They dont want peace in Pak . Recommend

  • Sam
    May 24, 2017 - 3:32PM

    Chinese are our brothers. Pakistan Army please get them recocered from Indian agents. Seal all the border with Afghanistan.
    House to House search if required. Recommend

  • Libra
    May 24, 2017 - 3:39PM

    This is again an act of Indian terrorist.Recommend

  • Sabi
    May 24, 2017 - 10:03PM

    Quetta is a garrison town where there is a strong presence of law enforcing agencies still its most vulnerable town why ?? Why don’t we think on lines that facilitaters might have penetrated deep inside our law enforcing agencies. When will we wake up?.Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    May 24, 2017 - 10:19PM

    This is RAW aiding Afghanistan, would not be surprised if our brotherly friend Iran is also involved.Recommend

  • illpopo
    May 25, 2017 - 12:00PM

    CIA for sure!Recommend

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