Beijing on Friday said that if any organisation or individual commits a crime in Pakistan under the guise of cross-border marriage, China will support Pakistani authorities in cracking down on such activities in accordance with Pakistani law.
In a statement – days after incidents of human smuggling involving Chinese gangs emerged – a spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan said, “We have noted media reports and that the Pakistani side is taking measures in accordance with its domestic laws and regulations. Relevant cases are now under investigation”.
On May 6, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested eight Chinese men involved in trafficking Pakistani girls to China in the guise of marriage and forcing them into prostitution. The arrests were made during a crackdown launched across Punjab.
The spokesperson said, “China’s position on the issue of transnational marriage is very clear, that is to protect legitimate marriages and combat crimes. If any organisation 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.”
“The Ministry of Public Security of China sent a task force to Pakistan to carry out law enforcement cooperation with the Pakistani side. 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 Chinese spokesperson further claimed that some media reports also fabricated facts and spread rumours and hoped “the people of China and Pakistan do not believe the rumours.”
“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 Chinese Embassy in Pakistan has clarified the rumours by issuing a statement on 13th April. We hope that the media reports should seek truth from facts, be objective and fair.”
According to the spokesperson, China would “never allow a few criminals to undermine China-Pakistan friendship and hurt the friendly feelings between two peoples.”