Two Slain Nationals’ ‘Preaching’ Allegation will be Probed, Says China
Beijing: China will maintain coabduction ntrol of the and death of its two citizens by militants in Pakistan’s ISIS and cooperate to investigate their alleged illegal “preaching” activities in the Muslim nation, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
The department’s response came after Chinese state media have accused Christian groups in South Korea of converting young Chinese and sending them to proselytize in Muslim countries.
Earlier, Pakistan had said that the two Chinese citizens killed by ISIS were involved in “preaching” in the country.
In a statement Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China had received no official confirmation of Pakistan’s death and will do its utmost to ensure that the two died soon possible, Lu said.
According to Pakistan reports, the two were killed by an Islamic state group after being kidnapped by armed police dressed in Quetta last month.
The Islamic State terrorist group said it had killed two Chinese hostages, including one woman, were kidnapped by gunmen in the province of Baluchistan.
China firmly opposes all types of terrorism and extreme violence vis-a-vis the civilian population and supports Pakistan’s efforts to fight terrorism and internal security, he said, adding that China would work with the international community to combat The terrorism.
China appreciates Pakistan’s efforts to rescue the two hostages and the commitment to better protect Chinese citizens and institutions in Pakistan, Lu said.
China has always asked its citizens to comply with local laws and regulations, local customs respect and awareness of risks abroad, he said.
Lu said China will cooperate with the investigation in Pakistan of illegal preaching activities allegedly undertaken by its two nationals.
Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar today called on the department to look, to regulate and expedite the visa process for Chinese nationals.
Nisar said that all Pakistani missions were needed to examine visa applications and must obtain all the necessary details before exercising their authority to issue visas to foreigners.
Pakistan has fought against the Islamist and nationalist insurgency in Baluchistan since 2004, with hundreds of soldiers and militants killed in the fighting.
ISIS has made inroads into Pakistan with the help of its links with local militant groups such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar. However, the government has greatly minimized the presence of the feared terrorist organization.