FO dismisses reports of murder of Pakistani student at Chinese university as "fake"

FO dismisses reports of murder of Pakistani student at Chinese university as

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office Monday dismissed a viral report on social media of murder of a Pakistani student Usama Ahmed Khan at a Chinese university as "fake news", and urged all to exercise caution and avoid sensationalism.

The Foreign Office spokesman said in fact the Pakistani student Usama, who was studying at Shenyang Jiazhu University, Liaoning Province, committed suicide.

"Upon receipt of information, the Ambassador of Pakistan to China deputed an officer of the embassy to visit Shenyang where he met students and faculty of the university, as well as, the police authorities. Throughout this process, he remained in close contact with the family of the deceased and got full support of Chinese authorities," the foreign office statement said.

He said the mission was in close coordination with the family and would send the dead body to Pakistan Monday night. The body was transported from Liaoning province to Beijing in the morning of November 17 and all arrangements were now in place for its transportation tonight.

The spokesman said "there is a need to respect sensitivity and privacy, especially of the bereaved family."

He dismissed the video viral on the social media as fake which showed two people purportedly beating Usama Ahmed on a road.

"The video being circulated on the social media is fake and is not that of Usama Ahmad Khan."

"We request all to help us in exercising caution in such matters, avoiding sensationalism and stopping spreading of “fake news”," the spokesman said.