Police: Chinese national killed by son of Pakistani business partner

Policemen standing around the car used by Chen Zhu when an assailant opened fire, killing him and injuring his friend in Karachi on Feb. 5. (Photo by Dawn)
Updated 06 May 2018

Police: Chinese national killed by son of Pakistani business partner

KARACHI: The managing director of a Chinese shipping company was killed by a contract killer hired by the son of his Pakistani partner, a police officer told Arab News on Sunday.

Chen Zhu, 45, was murdered in Neelum Colony near the Zamzama area in the upscale Defense Housing Authority neighborhood on Feb. 5, the officer said.
Police identified the deceased as the managing director of Cosco Saeed Karachi Shipping Private Ltd.
Superintendent Tauqeer Naeem said Chen and his friend Ye Fan were shopping in Neelum Colony when an assailant opened fire on them, killing Chen and injuring Ye.
On Saturday, police produced two individuals, Saqib Ahmed and Rehan Hashim, before a local court, saying they had killed the Chinese national. Police demanded the physical remand of the accused for further interrogation.
Raja Umar Khattab, a counterterrorism officer in Karachi, said Ahmed and Hashim were interrogated along with several other employees.
“They were making contradictory statements. When we probed them further, they confessed that they’d killed Chen,” Khattab told Arab News.
Ahmed, who was marketing director at the shipping company, is the son of Chen’s Pakistani partner Shakeel Ahmed, Khattab said.
When Chen came from Jakarta to become managing director, he found financial irregularities, prompting him to investigate the matter, police interrogators were told by the accused and other staff members.
Chen pointed out that Saqib’s job as marketing director violated the company rule forbidding the employment of two people from the same family. 
Chen fired Saqib, which led the latter to hire a contract killer. Police identified the killer from CCTV footage, but he is yet to be arrested.
The police officer said the murder was not an attempt to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
On May 5, the Counterterrorism Department (CTD) said it had foiled an attempt to target CPEC-related projects by arresting two alleged terrorists associated with a separatist Sindhi nationalist outfit.
CTD official Chaudhry Arif told Arab News that they had carried out attacks against Chinese nationals associated with a CPEC project in December 2016.


Editor of Pakistan’s English daily says 'orchestrated campaign' against newspaper

Updated 08 December 2019

Editor of Pakistan’s English daily says 'orchestrated campaign' against newspaper

  • Two angry protests in a week broke out against daily Dawn for identifying London bridge attacker to be of Pakistani origin
  • “The government has nothing to do with these protests:” PTI senate leader

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Following charged protests outside the office of Pakistan’s independent English language daily in Islamabad, the paper’s editor said the demonstrations seemed like an “orchestrated campaign” to force the paper into self-censorship.
On Friday, dozens of angry protesters besieged the Dawn newspaper’s bureau in the capital, chanting slogans against the editor and staff and setting fire to copies of the paper. This followed a similar demonstration earlier on Tuesday, where protesters demanded that editor Zaffar Abbas and publisher Hameed Haroon be hanged for reporting that the London Bridge attacker, who stabbed two people to death last week, was of “Pakistani origin.” 
“We have no way to identify the protesters but to us it looks like an orchestrated campaign against Dawn,” editor Zaffar Abbas told Arab News on Saturday.
“Everyone has a right to disagree with Dawn’s journalism, and even to protest against us. But calling us anti-state, making demands that we be hanged, burning our effigies, amounts to incitement to violence. This should immediately stop,” he said and urged the authorities and government ministers to show some tolerance toward critical journalism.
Abbas said a few of the government’s ministers and senior officials had expressed their anger toward Dawn — some publicly and others through messages. 
“We were accused of writing something anti-state, as according to them, the attacker had nothing to do with Pakistan,” Abbas said, and added that Dawn tried to explain that nowhere in its news report had it suggested the attacker was radicalized in Pakistan or that Pakistan had anything to do with the attack.
“We also tried to explain to them that even in the past we had referred to people like the London Mayor Sadiq Khan or boxer Aamir Khan as of Pakistani origin, although they were born in Britain and are UK nationals,” Abbas said. 
After that, he said, suddenly the protest demonstrations began.
“In the larger context this can be seen as yet another attempt to silence Dawn, and force it into self-censorship-- something that we have tried to resist so far,” Abbas said.
But government officials denied that the protests were planned.
“The government has nothing to do with these protests. Why would the government do it? If anything happens which is not liked by the people, they come out to protest. This happens everywhere in the world, even in western countries,” said PTI senator Shibli Faraz, leader of the house in Pakistan’s senate.
“Newspapers sometimes write something which offends certain segments of society, so it is natural they will come out to protest. But again, I would say the protest should be peaceful,” Faraz said, adding that newspapers should be careful and accountable.
“Journalism is about reporting responsibly and correctly and they (journalists) should be accountable and responsible for what they write. We should also consider our country’s interests,” Faraz said.
Earlier, Human Rights minister Shireen Mazari wrote in a Twitter post: “I disagree often with @dawn_com’s line but I strongly condemn violence & threats by protesters outside Dawn’s offices.”
PM’s special assistant for information and broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan, could not be reached for comment till the filing of this report.
Friday’s protest outside Dawn’s bureau came a day after journalists and rights’ activists rallied in support of the paper and criticized an earlier anti-newspaper protest.
On Saturday, the body of 28 year old London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan, was laid to rest in his ancestral village in Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir.
“All I can say is that after the latest development where the body of the London attacker was brought here and buried in an AJK village, this sinister campaign against Dawn should stop,” Abbas said.
“Prime Minister Imran yesterday said he fully supports media freedom. We expect the prime minister to intervene in the matter, and in the light of the latest development, take measures to stop calls for violence,” he said.
“Democracy can only flourish if there is a free and critical media. Without a vibrant and free press, there can be no democracy.”