A SENIOR Chinese shipping company executive was shot dead in Pakistani financial hub of Karachi on Monday (5) in what police described as a targeted attack.
While there was no claim of responsibility and the motive was not immediately clear, China in December warned its nationals in Pakistan of plans for imminent attacks on Chinese targets.
China’s presence is growing in Pakistan as Beijing has pledged $57 billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a flagship “Belt and Road” project that first focused on Chinese firms building roads and power stations but is now expanding to include setting up industries.
The man, identified as Chen Zhu, 45, was in his car when he was attacked in an upmarket 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 said.
“The incident appears to be targeted attack, (it) doesn’t look like a mugging,” Azad Khan, deputy inspector general of Karachi’s south zone, said.
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 and secondly to inform the family so that they can go and make funeral arrangements.
“Thirdly, we immediately contacted the local consulate and embassy to get their assistance,” the spokeswoman said.