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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.

    1. Xiu Liu Reply


      This Case Happened in Nanjing ! The Same Nanjing where 3,00,000 Chinese were Slaughtered by Japanese Army. We understand that Most Chinese are Racist and Believes in Chinese Nationalism. its 100 % mistake of Chinese man, he used a knife to Kill Pakistani man………He Should be also kill in the same way…….
      I am Not Surprised for China-Pakistan friendship and I Don’t Care.

      If you treat the Foreigners in this way, Your country will Get Bad name in the world, Most countries will Kick out chinese and cut All relations with china……..Good luck……..

    2. vincelee Reply

      hero china : china is a very Evil monster!! China mass murdered sooooo many people! 40,000,000 during your cultural revolution! And today mass murders 2 Million Falung gong practioners, and sell their body organs in china’s Evil illegal human organ transplant by your Evil government! You mass murder millions in Tibet, and Xinjiang! That is why the Malaysian Airlines MH370 with 160 mainland chinese families are slam into the ocean! In revenge for china illegally killing Ugyers in Xinjiang! Evil china! I am sooooo glad Japan entered china. China belongs to Japan. China is the colony of Japan. China has no right to separate! The next time the world will allow Japan to keep china!
      It is very cowardly, that you attack one foreigner of from Pakistan. You need hundreds of chinese to attack one foreigner. You chinese are a COWARD! You don’t have courage to fight one vs one. But, you need 100 to fight one person. You chinese are useless cowards! China men have one inch penis! Pathetic! USA USA USA. Trump will control you useless chinese!

    3. Emmad Reply

      So it means if a person is drunk and attacks you ! all you do is kill him and stab him to death with a knife ? instead of calling the police !? justifiable ! coz you a Chinese ! all you do is act kung Fu panda and kill foreigners out of hate !

    4. Lu Reply

      he was not drunk!! doctors didn’t find any alcohol traces in his blood!! the chinese person misbehaved with his gf and this is how the fight started.

  4. re: herochina Reply

    based on the video posted above it is impossible to see what the dispute is about and whether in fact the pakistani dude started it. Even if it was a fist fight – which it certainly doesn’t look to be at the beginning of the video – the dude comes back with a deadly weapon presumably to commit grievous bodily harm. In what planet is that at all justifiable? Oh wait, in the planet where only a few years ago the obsequious authorities allowed a foreigner to be murdered in broad day light outside of a major downtown Beijing shopping mall by yet another ‘patriotic’ man from Heilongjiang, oh yeah that planet….

  5. Ralph Snard Reply

    I’ve lived in Nanjing for a long time now and can contest that very few everyday arguments between myself and locals that do not immediately result in some racist comment from the local and yet the very same people will deny that they are racist. Fortunately, the good vastly outnumber the weak-willed individuals who believe themselves to be superior.

  6. WS Reply

    Pakistani here. Yes it isn’t a good thing for a foreigner to get into any brawl of any sort with locals, but this one ended up freakingly savage. Let’s see what these Chinese authorities do. Most likely this case will end up in a black hole, and Pakistani council would shut up because muh “Pakistan-China friendship”.

  7. Frank Ventura Reply

    @Ralph Snard thats probably because you’re a loser sexpat back in your home country dude. You make us Whites all look bad on the news. Life was so much easier several years ago until you low value people decided to go to every place thinking it was Amsterdam or Holland. Really if you are a low class vermin back home, stay put unless you make us the rest of decent white folks a stench in the local’s eyes.

  8. Ahmed Reply

    I live in Pakistan and I see many chinses coming to my country no one damn care about these savage people. I really hope we Pakistani soon stand against Chinese to send them back…

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  10. Kun Yu Tsai Reply

    You must be “INSANE” to say he deserved it. Mate, he got effing KILLED. He lost his life. Please re-think it, please.

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