Chinese national gets nine-year jail in Pakistan

Islamabad:  A Pakistani anti-terrorism court (ATC) here on Friday sentenced a Chinese national to nine years imprisonment for trying to smuggle weapons from Pakistan to China. The court also banned him from visiting Pakistan again. Hearing the case, Gilgit ATC judge Shahbaz Khan also asked the Punjab inspector general of police to take action against the arms dealer who sold four pistols and hundreds of bullets to the foreigner, Dawn reported. On May 24 this year, the Khunjrab Security Force personnel had arrested a Chinese citizen named Wang Jiangquo from Khunjrab National Park area of Hunza district near the China-Pakistan border for allegedly trying to smuggle arms and ammunition to China. A case was registered against the Chinese national under the anti-terrorism law and the accused shifted to Gilgit for investigation. During the investigation, the suspect confessed to his crime of trying to smuggle four pistols and ammunition across the border. The Gilgit police presented the Chinese national in the local ATC amid tight security. After the court decision he was shifted to district jail, Gilgit.