KARACHI - The Counter Terrorism Department of Sindh police Monday claimed to have arrested two suspects, involved in targeted killing of a Chinese national over business dispute.

The arrests were disclosed by CTD’s Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Saqib Ismail Memon during a press conference at CTD office while In-charge CTD Raja Omar Khattab at CTD office on Monday.

“The two suspects, namely Saqib Ahmed and Rehan Hashim were arrested from Hyderabad on May 5,” revealed DIGP CTD Saqib Ismail Memon. “Saqib is a son of company’s owner while Rehan Hashim is an employee of the company.”

DIGP Memon said that it appeared in the investigation that the differences between Pakistani national partners of the company and Chen Zhu were the reason behind the killing of the Chinese national.

Deceased Chen Zhu was appointed as managing director of the private shipping company since February 2017. “This is a private company and the company had no link with the Pakistan China-Economic Corridor (CPEC),” DIG explained. “Deceased MD was a noble and honest personal and his posting in Pakistan was made by the Chinese government. He made many changes in the company after assuming a charge of the company as MD. He also fired some additional staff and investigated the frauds and corruption within the company and implemented the company’s rule and regulations, causing a severe lost to the Pakistani partners of the company having some 30 per cent shares in the company.”

The Pakistani partners of the company had feared about the future of the company which caused of differences between the Chinese and Pakistani partners of the company. “The differences erupted more when the deceased MD of the company fired the three children of the Pakistani partners as per company’s rules and regulations who were getting enough salaries,” the officer explained. “The Pakistani partners of the company and the former employees apparently made a plan to kill the deceased with the help of the paid killers.”

The officer further said that the differences between the statements of the owners and the employees of the company also found during the investigation of the case and upon getting some evidences, the CTD police nominated Saqib and Rehan Hashim in the FIR on February 22 and since then they had gone into hiding.

The officer further said that the joint investigation team will also be constituted to probe the matter, adding that the investigation into the case is underway and JIT as well as other sources will also be used for investigation.

The CTD police has released the CCTV footage of the incident of firing on a car of two Chinese nationals nearby the Zamzama Park Clifton on February 5 and announced to award Rs2 million prize money to help police identify the accused, who can be seen in the footage.

The two Chinese nationals namely Chen Zhu and Ye Fan were returning to their offices at around 3 pm, when unidentified assailant attacked their car near Zamzama Park DHA. Chen Zhu, 46, was succumbed to bullet wound after being fatally shot in the head while Ye Fan survived the attack.