A Chinese citizen in Islamabad implored to the government for support on Tuesday after he was allegedly fiercely attacked on Sunday when a business deal struck with a Pakistani man turned out badly.
Liu Xiao Long sent an application to the Interior Ministry claiming he entered into a partnership with a Ishtiaq Ali to start a hotel business in Islamabad’s Sector F-7, the Chinese citizen’s translator, Raja Sabeel told Dawn.com.
However, when the business did not yield proper returns, Long was unable to pay Ali his share of the revenue, Sabeel claimed. Following the incident, Ali had Long beaten up and removed from the hotel premises, he alleged.
“Long and Ishtiaq Ali started a friendly business together, Long payed Ali Rs 1 million up-front as a security deposit,” Sabeel claimed. The business was split 50-50 between the two partners, and the premises belongs to Ali, he added.
“However, the business did not pick up in the first few months and Ali kept asking Long to pay his cut.”
“Even after Long had shown Ali the record books, Ali kept arguing he should be paid his share, and on Sunday, he brought 8-10 unidentified men to the hotel to beat Long and his staff up,” Sabeel alleged.
“The men took away all precious items from the premises as well as cash,” he claimed, adding that the men also assaulted a Chinese businessman Liu-Weixing staying at the hotel.
Long has submitted an application to the Interior Ministry and registered a First Information Report (FIR) regarding the incident, Sabeel claimed.
Officials at the Kohsar police station confirmed having received a copy of the FIR, in which Long claims that Ali, “cheated me out of Rs 1 million and threw me out… not even paying me back the Rs 1 million I gave him as a security deposit.
Long, in his application, requested the government to “help me out, after arresting aforesaid person Ishtiaq Ali, possession of the hotel may be restored to me so I be able to earn bread and butter.”