Pakistan confirms Chinese couple killed after IS claim

"The interior ministry has chose to review, regulate and streamline its visa policy for Chinese as the two Chinese nationals abducted from Quetta last month violated terms and conditions of their business visas and were involved in preaching activities instead", a ministry spokesperson said. Previously officials said the two Chinese nationals were Chinese-language teachers.

Khan said the government must work on keeping visitors secure but also appeared to try to shift the blame for the security lapse onto the Chinese nationals, saying they should have informed the authorities of their activities.

It is highly unfortunate that a misuse of the terms of business visa contributed to the unfortunate incident of the abduction of the two innocent Chinese, the minister said.

Hua Chunying said the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan had launched immediate emergency procedures and cooperated with the Pakistani side to rescue the two nationals. "Some of them will offer free airfare tickets, accommodation and meals if Chinese teenagers go to South Korea, and as they (missionaries) normally have a legal cover, like being an exchange scholar or postgraduate student, many Chinese students decide to go with them", the student said.

On June 8, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the killing of the two Chinese nationals, hours after the army said that it has killed some IS militants in an operation in Mastung of Balochistan. No bodies have been found but China said information provided by Pakistan suggested the two were probably dead.

Khan also noted an occasional "laxity" of Pakistani missions in granting visas and added that there needs to be a database of Chinese nationals and to regulate the process of granting visa extensions, according to the statement.

The interior minister was informed that the abductees had gone to Quetta, where they pretended to learn the Urdu language from a Korean national, Juan Won Seo, who is the owner of ARK Info Tech, but were actually engaged in preaching.

Taking note of laxity often shown by Pakistani missions overseas, he said the officials posted there should scrutinise visa applications properly and get necessary details before issuing visas to foreign nationals.

Nisar expressed deep concern over this unfortunate incident and called for a review of the visa issuance process to Chinese nationals who come to Pakistan for various projects.

Old ally China has pledged to invest $57 billion in Pakistan in projects linked to its "Belt and Road" infrastructure plan aimed at linking China with the Middle East and Europe.

"In fact, it's doubtful whether the extremist organisation targeted the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) this time".

  • Zachary Reyes