China asks Pak to ensure safety of its nationals
Expressing serious concern over frequent terrorist attacks on Chinese nationals in Pakistan, Beijing demands severe punishment to criminals.world Updated: Jun 27, 2007 13:52 IST
Expressing serious concern over frequent terrorist attacks on Chinese nationals in Pakistan, Beijing has demanded "active measures" to prevent such incidents and "severe punishment" to the criminals.
The Chinese concerns were expressed by the Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang in Beijing on Tuesday during a meeting with visiting Pakistani Interior Minister, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, sources said.
"We hope Pakistan will look into the terrorist attacks aiming at Chinese people and organisations as soon as possible and severely punish the criminals," Zhou said.
Sherpao's visit came days after seven Chinese, a couple and five of their women employees, were abducted and subsequently released in Islamabad on Saturday night.
They had been taken away from their residence in Islamabad early on Saturday morning by militant madrassa students from Lal Masjid, who alleged that the Chinese were engaging in "un-Islamic" acts by running a massage parlour.
Lal Masjid deputy Abdul Rashid Gazi said that they released all the hostages on the basis of good relationship between China and Pakistan and assurance from the Pakistani government that it will shut down all illegal massage parlours.
Yesterday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang said the Chinese citizens had proper license for running the business in Pakistan. He did not elaborate.