Eight Chinese nationals have been detained in Pakistan for carrying weapons while entering a power plant in Punjab province, police said on Sunday.
The police arrested the Chinese nationals, most of them engineers, on Saturday at the Qadirabad power plant in Sahiwal district, some 225 kms from Lahore.
District Police Officer Ghulam Mubashir Maken told PTI that the eight Chinese nationals have been taken into custody after weapons were found from their luggage.
He did not explain why they were carrying the firearms.
“The reason will be known after interrogating them. They have been shifted to an unidentified place,” he said.
A police source said that the Chinese were carrying the weapons for “self-defence”.
“In the wake of yesterday’s attack on a passenger coach in Balochistan in which three Chinese nationals were injured, there has been a sense of insecurity among the Chinese workers,” the source said.