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Pakistan to expel South Korean over alleged proselytization

Purportedly hired to preach, two Chinese nationals were killed by the so-called Islamic State

Published: June 21, 2017 04:36 AM GMT

Updated: June 21, 2017 04:38 AM GMT

Pakistan to expel South Korean over alleged proselytization

Pakistani soldiers stand guard at the site where a Chinese couple was kidnapped in Jinnah town in Quetta on May 24. The so-called Islamic State later claimed to have killed the pair. (Photo by Banaras Khan/AFP)

Pakistan is expelling a South Korean national who they accuse of conducting proselytization out of an Urdu language academy in the country's restive Balochistan province.

"Investigations have revealed that the South Korean national went to Pakistan on a business visa, set up an Urdu academy in Quetta and got involved in illegal preaching activities," an official of Ministry of Interior told ucanews.com on June 19. "We have revoked his visa and asked him to leave the country," the official said.

Two Chinese nationals — Lee Zingyang, 24, and Meng Lisi, 26, — were abducted and killed by the so-called Islamic State group in Quetta. According to Pakistani officials, the pair were preaching Christianity under the guidance of the South Korean national Juan Won-seo.

South Korea has rejected Pakistan's assertions and have said there was no evidence to back up such claims.

The murdered pair were part of a group of 12 Chinese nationals brought to Quetta in November by Juan Won-seo.

The slayings have raised questions about the security of Chinese workers in Pakistan which is central to Beijing's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.

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