Chinese Massage Parlour Hostages Freed – Farhan Bokhari

An update on the seven Chinese citizens kidnapped from a massage parlor in Islamabad, from Financial Times:

Hardline Pakistani Islamists at the weekend released six Chinese female hostages and one man, ending a 17-hour crisis that highlighted a fresh challenge to the regime of pro-US military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.

The kidnappings on Friday night from a massage parlour in an upmarket neighbourhood of Islamabad was part of a crusade by Islamists in the capital, targeting what they consider immoral activities. The Islamists claimed the massage parlour was in fact a brothel.

The incident threatened to dent ’s relations with China, its closest ally, and the Islamists later claimed to have freed the captives to preserve bilateral relations with Beijing. [Full Text]

Read also the People’s Daily report on the release which, as the China Post points out, doesn’t mention the brothel claims.

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