a sensational revelation a Pakistani Member of Parliament has alleged that
China has sent thousands of prisoners to work on the sixty billion US dollar
China Pakistan Economic Corridor and other development projects funded by Beijing
according to reports in the Pakistani media.
Mohammad Yousuf Talpur, a National Assembly member of opposition Pakistan
Peoples Party (PPP) was quoted by Pakistanís leading newspaper Dawn
as disclosing before a meeting of Parliamentary Committee that he had learnt
prisoners have been brought from Chinese jails and they are constructing roads.
They can be involved in crimes so there should be proper security
questioned the authorities to explain if they had entered into any tacit
agreement with Beijing to use the country for penal settlements. He had contacted a concerned official who
confirmed that prisoners had been working in Pakistan. My doubt was
strengthened by an ambiguous response from the Interior ministry which rather
than rejecting my claim just said it was not in the knowledge of the ministry.
PPP member said that he assumed that a secret or unannounced agreement had been
made between the China and Pakistan because prisoners cannot be sent from one
country to another without taking the host nation into confidence." The
lawmaker pointed out that a number of Chinese nationals had been arrested in
ATM fraud cases, especially in the Port city of Karachi.
The Pakistani Interior
ministry reportedly showed ignorance about the presence of Chinese prisoners in
Pakistan. Rizwan Malik, the Special
Secretary for Interior, told the parliamentary committee that Chinese workers
were being given a three-layer security. "There is a separate security for
Chinese nationals who have been working on CPEC projects. Separate arrangements
have been made for those who have come for electricity projects," Malik
said, adding that arrangements had also been made to provide security to Chinese
students and business people.