Pakistani student stabbed to death by Chinese motorist in Nanjing - SupChina

Pakistani student stabbed to death by Chinese motorist in Nanjing

A 26-year-old Pakistani student at Nanjing Normal University, identified by Times of Islamabad as Moiz-ud-Din, was stabbed to death after a roadside dispute on Monday, July 11, according to Nanjing police.

Surveillance camera footage shows the victim standing curbside near a cigarette factory, reportedly with his girlfriend, when he is confronted by a scooterist, reportedly a 28-year-old Chinese man from Heilongjiang Province.

The two men are seen quarreling — the exact cause is unknown — before the Chinese man crosses the street. After about two minutes, he returns with a knife and attacks Moiz. The two men skirmish — a third man is seen trying to interject, apparently as peacemaker — before Moiz receives several violent blows and collapses on the sidewalk.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.

According to Times of Islamabad, Moiz was enrolled in a Chinese language program at Nanjing Normal University, where he had been studying on a Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarship since 2017.

The assailant has been arrested, and the investigation is ongoing, local police said in an announcement (in Chinese).

According to the Pakistani paper The Nation (which renders the victim’s name as Moiz Uddin), the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing and its Consulate General in Shanghai are cooperating with Chinese authorities to investigate the murder. “We would like to inform all Pakistanis that [the] Pakistan Embassy in Beijing and the consulate general in Shanghai are in active coordination with Chinese authorities who are conducting an investigation into the incident,” according to an official statement issued on Thursday.

On Chinese social media, internet users are divided over the incident. Because the victim was a foreigner, many have raised the issue of perceived differences in how foreigners and locals are treated, particularly the widespread belief that foreigners believe themselves superior.

In an attempt to push back against the trolls, Beijing News published a video commentary (in Chinese) today in which the commenter says: “The uproar triggered by the incident is predictable, since the news contains some elements that are likely to ignite extreme reactions on today’s internet, such as the fact that it was an altercation between a foreigner and a Chinese, the victim’s nationality, his cultural background, and his girlfriend potentially being Chinese…Trolls are using this news as an outlet to unleash their anger toward foreigners, but this is entirely unbecoming.”

Below is video of the incident. (Warning: Violent and disturbing.)

Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.


  1. Lin Reply

    It’s a bit strange to include a warning for graphic violence in the link and post the video on auto-play at the top…

  2. gestapo0 Reply

    Please kindly we request you to delete this video. It will reach the victims family and will be painful for them forever. So please delete it.

  3. Hero_China Reply

    According to the video recorded by the surveillance camera, that Pakistani “student” got drunk and attacked the Chinese man first. The Chinese man was using his right named justifiable defense. So we have to admit that that Pakistani “student” deserved it. But the problem is that the Chinese authority always tries to flatter foreigners, and Mainland China is not yet a constitutional region. The only thing we can do now is to pray for the Chinese motorist. Hope the court or the judge won’t persecute him.

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