Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pakistan: This Country is Too Dangerous for Tourists, Particularly Those on Bicycles. Period.

the Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for kidnapping a Chinese tourist who was traveling on a cycling tour.

Let me be as clear as I can: Pakistan is NOT a country for tourists, particularly those on bicycles. All tourists should be urged by their foreign affairs agencies to avoid tourist visits to the country.

According to district police chief, Sadiq Baluch, the Chinese national entered Pakistan in Lahore, crossing into Pakistan from India on a tourist visa.

From there he appears to have traveled across the country into Dera Ismail Khan, an area where militants are active in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.


The unidentified Chinese national, age unknown, was reportedly kidnapped on Monday (May 19), by two assailants on a motorcycle who abducted the cyclist. Pakistani police gave chase for roughly four hours, after which they lost visual tracking. 

Police did recover, though, the cyclist's belongings. 

COMMENT: It should be noted that foreign tourists are on every Taliban "To Do" list, which essentially means that all tourists are an endangered species nationwide. 

Normally, police are informed if any tourists are planning to travel through the area, but Baluch said there there was no advance notice about the Chinese visitor's trip.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and threatened to kill the tourist unless authorities release Taliban prisoners they are holding.

Two Chinese tourists were killed by militants last year while traveling in Pakistan's northern Gilgit-Baltistan area.

China and Pakistan both have good bilateral relations, with Beijing investing billions of dollars in the South Asian nation's infrastructure. 


This report will be updated as new information becomes available.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, May 20 — The Pakistani Taliban have kidnapped a Chinese tourist on a cycling tour of the country, police and Taliban sources said today, the latest in a series of abductions aimed at raising money for rival Taliban factions.
The man, whose name and passport details were supplied to Reuters, was kidnapped yesterday in Daraban, near the western city of Dera Ismail Khan.
Abdullah Bahar, a senior Taliban commander, told Reuters the man was in their custody.
“We kidnapped the Chinese tourist. He is now in our hands,” he said. “We will demand the release of our fighters who are in government custody.”
Daraban police said they were searching for the man.
Kidnaps are rising in Pakistan, although it is unusual for Chinese to be targeted. Gunmen in January shot dead six guards protecting a Spanish round-the-world cyclist in a remote area of western Pakistan. He escaped unhurt, his family said.
The Pakistani Taliban, who are seeking to set up an Islamic state, have split over tribal rivalries, control of extortion revenue, peace talks with the government, and who should succeed leaders killed by US drone strikes.
It is allied to but not the same as the Afghan Taliban, who have repeatedly called on their Pakistani allies to resolve their differences.  — Reuters
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/chinese-tourist-on-cycling-tour-kidnapped-by-pakistani-taliban#sthash.EHooXNED.dpuf
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, May 20 — The Pakistani Taliban have kidnapped a Chinese tourist on a cycling tour of the country, police and Taliban sources said today, the latest in a series of abductions aimed at raising money for rival Taliban factions.
The man, whose name and passport details were supplied to Reuters, was kidnapped yesterday in Daraban, near the western city of Dera Ismail Khan.
Abdullah Bahar, a senior Taliban commander, told Reuters the man was in their custody.
“We kidnapped the Chinese tourist. He is now in our hands,” he said. “We will demand the release of our fighters who are in government custody.”
Daraban police said they were searching for the man.
Kidnaps are rising in Pakistan, although it is unusual for Chinese to be targeted. Gunmen in January shot dead six guards protecting a Spanish round-the-world cyclist in a remote area of western Pakistan. He escaped unhurt, his family said.
The Pakistani Taliban, who are seeking to set up an Islamic state, have split over tribal rivalries, control of extortion revenue, peace talks with the government, and who should succeed leaders killed by US drone strikes.
It is allied to but not the same as the Afghan Taliban, who have repeatedly called on their Pakistani allies to resolve their differences.  — Reuters
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/chinese-tourist-on-cycling-tour-kidnapped-by-pakistani-taliban#sthash.FIMrpP1q.dpuf