Vastavam web: In Quetta last month two Chinese nationals reportedly killed by ISIS militants were involved in “preaching” instead of business activities Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said.Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26, were abducted from Jinnah Town Quetta in the restive Balochistan province on May 24 and later murdered. The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for their killing.
The minister was informed that the two were part of a group of Chinese citizens who obtained business visas from the Pakistani Embassy in Beijing and entered Pakistan.The minister observed that it is “highly unfortunate that a misuse of the terms of business visa contributed to the unfortunate abduction and subsequent murder of two innocent Chinese”.The murder of the two Chinese nationals apparently forced Chinese President Xi Jinping not to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Astana last week. However, Beijing today asserted that the two leaders met “several times” during the meeting.
Nisar expressed his displeasure at the laxity often shown in granting visas by Pakistani missions abroad. He directed all Pakistani missions to undertake proper scrutiny of visa application forms and acquire all necessary details before exercising their powers. Nisar directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs be taken on board and their input be included while formulating new visa policy guidelines for issuance of visas to the foreigners on various visa categories.The minister also said that ensuring the security of foreign nationals is a shared responsibility and that the Pakistani government was doing its bit to secure foreigners.However, he was quick to point out that the visitors held some responsibility as well, and should inform local authorities about their movements and activities.