Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, made a low-profile visit to Pakistan last week, according to social media posts by Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, founder of the NutShell Group, a conference management company in Pakistan. This discreet visit has sparked speculation related to Alibaba’s interests in the region. Following Pakistan, Uzbekistan is reported to be Ma’s next destination. Although the exact purpose of Ma’s visit remains undisclosed, the itinerary, which included countries where Alibaba’s e-commerce subsidiary Daraz operates, has seen some commentators suggest a potential strategy linked to the company’s expansion plans. [STCN, in Chinese; Muhammad Azfar Ahsan’s Twitter]