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The arrests were made during a crackdown launched across Punjab province, including Lahore city.
According to the FIA, these Chinese men were involved in the practice of trafficking Pakistani girls in the guise of marriage, forcing them into prostitution later.
So far, 10 Chinese men have been arrested in the scandal. The suspects arrested on Monday include Wang Hao, Shoi Sheli, Wong Yhazou, Chang Shail Rai, Pan Khowajay, Wang Bao, Zaothi and Kaindisko.
In an intelligence-based operation, the FIA had also raided a wedding ceremony in Faisalabad and arrested the Chinese groom who has been identified as Chang.
Zahid, a Christian father; Kashif, a matchmaking agent; Mendes, a Chinese woman; and others were also taken into custody in the raid.
Insiders revealed that Christian women were subjected to sexual exploitation after being trafficked to the neighbouring country soon after their false marriage.
FIA Jameel Meo said that the investigative agency raided a local housing society near Lahore airport, under the supervision of Director Zone II Rustam Chauhan.
China on Friday said it was wrong to accuse it of sheltering terrorists because it put a technical hold on the resolution to blacklist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group chief Masood Azhar as its decision was in line with the rules of an anti-terrorism panel at the UN.
The AP spoke to seven girls who had been forced to marry Chinese men, four of them still in China. Each described how their new husbands handed them over to paying clients to be raped.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday for bilateral talks, with the latter saying Beijing considers Islamabad a priority in its diplomacy.
Win-win B2B (Business-to-Business) cooperation and enhanced P2P (People-to-People) contacts should follow the foundational G2G (Government-to-Government) phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to take the historic megadevelopment project to the next level.
"Considering the problems of overseas Pakistanis it has been decided that the first flight would land at Islamabad International Airport on April 4. All passengers will be sent in quarantine and tested for COVID-19. Those tested negative will be sent home through special arrangement of transport," Asad Umar said.
The announcement comes amid uncertainty over the Hajj which is due to take place at the end of July, after authorities this week urged Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage.
The Philippines' department of foreign affairs expressed its "deep sadness" at the passing of Bernardita Catalla, which it said was the result of "complications arising from Covid 19".
The Ministry of Education said the decision was taken as part of preventative and precautionary measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, with the aim of protecting the health of students and the general public.