China 'categorically rejects' Islamabad 'Xinjiang criticism' reports

Published: September 22, 2018
File photo of Uighur Muslims in China. PHOTO: REUTERS

File photo of Uighur Muslims in China. PHOTO: REUTERS

Beijing on Saturday rejected recent media reports claiming Islamabad had ‘criticised’ the former over its treatment of Muslims in China’s  Xinjiang.

A statement by the Chinese embassy in Islamabad said Ambassador Yao Jin paid a courtesy visit to Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq on Septemeber 19. The two discussed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other projects on the occasion, the statement read.

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The press release said a news item carried by APP the same day accurately reported the meeting. Some local and international media, however, presented baseless and distorted versions of the meeting.

These, the Chinese embassy, categorically rejected. Haq was reported to have called on Beijing to soften restrictions placed on Uighur Muslims residing in China’s western province of Xinjiang in the ‘baseless and distorted’ reports.

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In its rejoinder, the embassy said the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China enjoyed social stability, sound economic development and harmonious coexistence among ethnic groups.

Some measures are taken against separatism and terrorism for the sake of safeguarding China’s national security and protecting people’s life and property, the statement read.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 22, 2018 - 4:26PM

    This is not news made up by Pakistan. UN and other human rights world bodies had made that claim. Pakistan just reported it.Recommend

  • Ramesh K Sharma
    Sep 22, 2018 - 10:20PM

    @Zaida Parvez: Don’t be afraid and blame it on UN and humanitarian agencies. All of us should stand up for inhuman treatment Muslims in China.Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 23, 2018 - 1:13AM

    The United Nations will take action on this…in the same way as they are doing in Yemen & Burma.Recommend

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