Pakistan Confirms Death of Chinese Missionaries

By Ruth Wang, June 14, 2017 04:06 AM

Meng Li Si and Li Xinheng who were abducted on May 24 in Quetta, the capital city of Baluchistan province in Pakistan

Pakistan confirmed the deaths of two Chinese nationals abducted by the Islamic State on Monday, claiming that they were preachers who were 24 and 26, according to the latest report of Reuters released on June 12, 2017.

A previous report of Reuters published on June 8 revealed that Islamic State killed two Chinese citizens kidnapped in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, who were teachers in a local private school, on May 24.

Quoting the news reported by The News International on June 11, Huanqiu.com stated on June 12 that the two and the other 11 Chinese who had been in China arrived at Pakistan holding business visas. Nine of them were female, belonging to a mysterious organization. Currently the Pakistan police were investigating the case from "another angle": the owner of the organization who is a Korean Christian was carrying out local missionary work and still stayed in Pakistan. 

On May 24, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan confirmed the kidnapping of the two Chinese nationals in Quetta, the capital city of Baluchistan province in Pakistan, and immediately launched the emergency response mechanism, urging the Pakistani side to require disclosure of the fact and rescue the abductees.

Their names were Meng Li Si and Li Xinheng. Owing to their preacher identity, Chinese Christians stay tuned to the issue, mourning for their murder from different perspectives along with comments. After the report that indicated they might be missionaries released by the Global Times on June 8, Chinese Christians shared an inclusive report from a Chinese newspaper that Elsa, a local friend of them shared their life in Pakistan and clarified that they were not a couple. "They came to Pakistan for work, who were close friends." Said Elsa. She said that the two and the other 13 Chinese taught Chinese in a Korean-run language institute, each paid 30000 rupees (about 286 dollars) monthly. She revealed that they studied Urdu recently because they had to master Urdu owing to the teaching acquirement, planning to open a Chinese course.Their language institute didn't have a name and was set up a house beside a white mosque without any mark or advertisement. "I have never seen more kind people like them." Added Elsa.

As of now, specific and accurate information of the event as well as the development have been unclear.

Translated by Karen Luo

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