ISLAMABAD: Police in the capital has booked a businessman after his Chinese partner lodged a complaint that he had allegedly illegally booted him out.
Liu Xiaolong told the Kohsar police that he had signed a five-year agreement with Ishtiaq Ali last December whereby Xiaolong could use the third floor of a building in Sector F-7 Markaz as a hotel.
The Chinese national added that per their agreement, they would share the profit evenly. Xiaolong added that he had also paid Rs1 million to Ali as security “in good faith”.
“But now the owner cheating me and kick[ed] me out without any notice or any discussion. Now my everything [possessions] is in that building and he [has] broken the agreement. [He has not] even paid me back my security money,” the Chinese national maintained in his application to the police as he accused Ali of cheating him. “We came here for business. I spent many money that… for operation. But now I [am] left [with] nothing, the owner cheated me as a foreigner,” he wrote in his application, adding, “I request police can help me and get my right and my loss (lost money).”
Xiaolong added that he had also contacted the Chinese embassy to seek help, but was told by officials there to approach the police and the courts. Kohsar police have registered a fraud case against the suspect and launched an investigation.
Earlier, news channels had reported that a Chinese national had been beaten up and looted. However, police investigated showed that the matter had been misreported since they had already lodged an FIR of Xiaolong.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2017.