China supports Pakistan to crack down against human traffickers
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – China on Friday assured to support the Pakistani authorities to crack down against the human traffickers and illegal marriages. According to the statement of Beijing, the embassy clarified that China’s position on the issue of transnational marriage was to protect legitimate marriages and combat crimes. “If any organization or individual commits a crime in Pakistan under the banner of the cross-border marriage, China supports the Pakistani side to crack down on it according to Pakistani laws,” it also said. Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy denied media reports that Pakistan women were being forced into prostitution or sale of human organs. “According to investigations by the Ministry of Public Security of China, there is no forced prostitution or sale of human organs for those Pakistani women who stay in China after marriage with Chinese,” the embassy said. The statement added that a few criminals would not be allowed to undermine China’s friendship with Pakistan and hurt friendly feelings between people of the two countries. In a crackdown in Punjab, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested Chinese nationals accused of trapping Pakistani women into fake marriages. According to the embassy, The Ministry of Public Security China had sent a task force to Pakistan to carry out law enforcement cooperation. “China will further strengthen cooperation with the law enforcement agencies in Pakistan, effectively combat crime, so as to protect the legitimate rights and interests of the two peoples, and jointly safeguard China-Pakistan friendly relations,” the statement added. FIA arrests 14 Chinese nationals, recovers 3 girls in human trafficking The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday arrested 14 Chinese nationals associated with a gang involved in trafficking of Pakistani girls to China on the pretext of false marriage. According to the reports, the FIA Anti Human Trafficking Cell conducted a raid and recovered three girls as well as arms from the possession of the held suspects. The Chinese nationals have been shifted to the FIA Headquarters for further investigation. On the other hand, the FIA acting on intelligence information raided a wedding ceremony in Faisalabad and arrested the Chinese groom identified as Chang Zahid, a Christian father, Kashif, a matchmaking agent, Mendes, a Chinese woman, and other suspects were also taken into custody in the raid. The issue involving trafficking of Pakistani girls to China from Lahore and other parts of Punjab under the garb of false marriage came to light recently. The Chinese Embassy in Islamabad had issued a statement after a lawmaker raised the issue in the parliament. “Chinese laws and regulations strictly prohibit cross-national matchmaking centers. China is cooperating with Pakistani law enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal matchmaking centers,” it tweeted.