A senior executive at Cosco Shipping Lines was shot dead in
Pakistani financial hub of Karachi on Monday and according to the police, it
was a targeted attack.
None has claimed
responsibility and neither the motive behind the killing was clear.
China has warned its
nationals in Pakistan of plans for imminent attacks on Chinese targets and
urged them to be alert.
The victim identified as
Chen Zhu, 45, was in his car when he shot dead in an up market area of the port
city of Karachi.
At least 10 shots were
fired at the car and Chen suffered a single bullet wound in the head, police
“The incident appears to
be targeted attack, (it) doesn’t look like a mugging,” Azad Khan, deputy
inspector general of Karachi’s south zone, told Reuters.
Chen was the Pakistan
general manager of Cosco Shipping Lines Co, a company spokeswoman said, adding
that the cause of the attack was unclear.
“The company has taken
steps, first to ensure the safety of our staff overseas; secondly to inform the
family so that they can go and make funeral arrangements; and thirdly, we
immediately contacted the local consulate and embassy to get their assistance,”
the spokeswoman said.
According to Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, the Chinese consulate had asked the
Pakistani police to bring the killer to justice.
Tens of thousands of
Chinese nationals have come to Pakistan, but the new arrivals face dangers,
creating a headache for Pakistani security officials.