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Pakistani woman says son is in Chinese police custody: Zhao takes notice

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Lijan Zhao, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese Embassy has taken notice of the viral video of a woman claiming her son Waqas Ali to be in the custody of Chinese Police reportedly for 10 months.

An old Pakistani woman holding the portrait of her son can be seen pleading the authorities to release her son who according to her is in captivity in China for the past 10 months. The woman claims her son was working in China.

People on Twitter have extended the woman’s request to various public office holders in Pakistan including Shireen Mazari, Foreign Office Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Syed Zulfi Bukhari.

Taking the notice of the viral video, Lijan Zhao denied the claims of the woman and stated that he is unable to find the visa details on the given passport number by the woman. He took to Twitter and stated, “I checked. This is not a valid passport number. There’s no visa information on this passport number. The Pakistan passport usually starts with two English letters, such as AB6666666. Can you please check again with the mom?”

The woman in the video is named Rashida Parveen who hails from Taxila and says she has three daughter and two sons. She claims her elder son Waqas has been working in China for the past 14 years but they lost contact with him 10 months ago. She can be seen crying badly in the video while the video is being heavily circulated on social media.

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In the post sharing the woman’s video, however, the Twitter user has posted the picture of the passport and Computerized National Identity Card of Waqas Ali.

So far, the Pakistani authorities have not contacted the woman and her family. People on Twitter have extended the woman’s request to various public office holders in Pakistan including Shireen Mazari, Foreign Office Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Syed Zulfi Bukhari. The netizens have also protested as to why Pakistan’s ambassador to China does not hold an official Twitter account so that access to him would have been easy.

Research & writing by Rida Hussain with editing and additional inputs by Sana Mushtaq at the GVS News Desk.

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