Chinese couple killed, accused of ‘preaching’

Chinese couple killed, accused of ‘preaching’

Quetta, Pakistan — A Chinese couple was killed in June after Pakistani officials accused them of “preaching.”

Reports say Lee Zing Yang, 24, and Meng Li Si, 24, were paid about $280 per month to teach Chinese to people in Pakistan at a language institute run by a South Korean, Juan Won Seo.

The Pakistani interior ministry released a statement asserting that security officials told Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in a June 12 meeting that, “Instead of engaging in any business activity, they went to Quetta and under the garb of learning (the) Urdu language from a Korean national … (but) were actually engaged in preaching.”

Lee and Meng were kidnapped off the streets of Quetta on May 24. The Islamic State (IS)-affiliated news agency Amaq reported June 8 that IS fighters had killed two Chinese teachers being held in Mastung, Balochistan, and IS released a video showing what are believed to be their bodies shot and bleeding. Pakistan reportedly confirmed the Chinese teachers had been killed, though it was unclear if officials had recovered their bodies.

Pakistan also has deported Juan Won Seo, accusing him of setting up a phony business as a cover for a church and “preaching activities.” (MS)