This is apropos a Business Recorder news item “Nisar says Chinese killed by IS were preachers” carried by the newspaper yesterday. According to it, the government has identified two Chinese nationals recently abducted and killed by the Islamic State and in a new twist, said the two were preachers who had posed as businesspeople to enter the country.
The interior minister has named the two as Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 26 and said their violation of visa rules had contributed to their abductions. Previously officials said they were Chinese-language teachers. “Instead of engaging in any business activity, they went to Quetta and under the garb of learning (the) Urdu language from a Korean national … were actually engaged in preaching,” the ministry has reportedly said in a statement.
The question that remained unanswered, however, was what kind of preachers the Chinese were. Insofar as the identity of the Korean firm is concerned, it appears that it was a South Korean firm because Korea is usually taken in this country as South Korea, not North Korea. It is therefore heartening to note that the interior ministry through Nadra has decided to create a databank of Chinese nationals. This is a step in the right direction.