Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said two Chinese Nationals, Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26, were involved in preaching and religious conversion activities and not a genuine business. This startling revelation has come at a time when there is a confusion whether the slain couple is Chinese or South Korean.
Deflecting the issue the minister said that, violation of visa rules had contributed to abductions and there should be a review of the visa process for Chinese nationals entering Pakistan, and for a databank to track Chinese workers in different parts of the country.
This incident has prompted Pakistan to take immediate steps towards beefing up security around the OBOR, primarily focused on the monitoring and safety of Chinese nationals. Earlier the Pak PM Nawaz Sharif was handed over the royal snub by Xi Jinping in Astana over the killing of Chinese Nationals.
Sources say Pakistan is going to deploy at least 15,000 additional troops to ensure the security of Chinese nationals in Balochistan, ensuring tight monitoring and swift progress of $57 billion Chinese investment on CPEC-OBOR.
OBOR – Road to Slavery
Top Pak political economist S Akbar Zaidi says after OBOR gets ready, Pakistan will become China’s colony, once China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — flagship project under the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is operationalised.
Zaidi noted that the “CPEC initiative is the most discussed but the least transparent among all the foreign initiatives in Pakistan”.
“It is indeed a game changer, but not in the way our ruling classes have projected it to be. It will enslave Pakistan and undermine its sovereignty,” alleged Zaidi author of pioneering books –‘Military Civil Society and democratisation in Pakistan’ and ‘Issues in Pakistan’s Economy’.
“CPEC is a part of China’s OBOR initiative to expand its influence in the world and Pakistan is just the geographical space used by Beijing to reach the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. But in the process, Beijing blueprint will ensure complete control over Pakistan,” Zaidi further alleged.
Incidentally Zaidi’s comments came on the very day when SCO praised China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Zaidi quoted Pak Senator Tahir Mashhadi, chairman of the standing committee on planning and development, who had described the CPEC corridor as the advent of “another East India Company is in the offing.” China has announced to invest whopping $ 62 bn in CPEC.
The most dangerous implication of the CPEC would be that, with China taking over Pakistan, providing it with undisclosed amount of investments, Pakistan’s foreign relations, especially those with India, will be determined by the Chinese, the Pak scholar warned. “Pakistan’s obsession with China and CPEC will prevent any rapprochement between India and Pakistan unless the Chinese themselves initiate such a process and that they would do only if that fits into their grand design in the region.
“Our ruling classes, especially the military, have first lived with the influence of US imperialism, then allowed unusual degree of Saudi intrusion in domestic, cultural and social affairs. Now they have prostrated themselves before Chinese imperial designs.”
Chinese investments will force Pakistan to tow Beijing centric foreign and domestic policy. Presently internal and external geo politics situation, in and around Pakistan is not conducive to this kind of Chinese interference. In long term it will destabilize Pakistan, as Pakistan will be forced to tax its own citizens at an increasing rates to repay the det. Even IMF has warned about it.
Relations with India will take a bigger hit, as Chinese military bases in close vicinity will force India to adopt an even stronger military stance which will put more strain on impoverished Pak economy. US has already come out with their assessment over this issue.
OBOR is a sure shot disaster recipe unless Chinese Government comes out with more transparency on the project and dispels misgivings.
XI JINPING SNUBS NAWAZ SHARIF AFTER MURDER OF CHINESE NATIONALS
In a rare snub to all-weather ally Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping skipped a customary meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the SCO summit in Astana after the murder of two Chinese teachers in Balochistan.
Xi’s snub followed deep disappointment among Chinese over slaying of two Chinese citizens who were kidnapped last month from Quetta.
Chinese state-run media highlighted Xi’s meetings with Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi+ and Russian President Vladimir Putin only.
Xi’s unprecedented snub followed deep disappointment and grief among Chinese public over the slaying of the two Chinese citizens who were kidnapped last month from Quetta in Balochistan.
The two were brutally murdered reportedly by Islamic State (IS) militants. The news of their murders was made public ahead of the SCO summit held on June 8-9 in which India and Pakistan were admitted as members.
On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying explained that the murders were no way connected to the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which was opposed by the Baloch nationalists.
The CPEC is part of China’s ambitious multi-billion Belt and Road intuitive (BRI).
China has deployed hundreds of Chinese workers to work for the CPEC which connects Gwadar port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
ISLAMIC STATE KILLS TWO CHINESE NATIONALS IN PAKISTAN
The ISIS says, it has killed two Chinese nationals who were abducted from south-west Pakistan by armed men in late May. The couple is said to have been studying Urdu at a language centre in the city of Quetta, when they were abducted. According to local media reports at the time of the abduction, armed men took the couple away with them as they left the centre. Another Chinese woman just managed to escape during the confrontation.
The IS-linked Amaq news agency made the claim in an Arabic statement on the Telegram messaging app.
China’s foreign ministry said it was “gravely concerned” and working to verify the information.