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In an interview, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to condemn China’s repression of and human rights violations against the Muslim Uyghur community, despite being vocal about Islamophobia elsewhere.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan refused to condemn China’s repression of and human rights violations against the Muslim Uyghur community. (Photo: File)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has refused to condemn or acknowledge the repression and torture that the Muslim Uyghur community has faced in China in an interview with American news website Axios.
On being asked why he is silent on this issue despite being vocal about Islamophobia in the US and Europe, Imran Khan said he was focused on the incidents within his nation and on its border. In response, the journalist reminded him, “This is on your border”.
“I’m not sure that’s what’s happening in China. In our conversations with China, they have drawn a different picture of the issue. And whatever issues we do have with the Chinese, we will always discuss them behind closed doors,” Imran Khan further said.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=indiatoday&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3R3ZWV0X2VtYmVkX2NsaWNrYWJpbGl0eV8xMjEwMiI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJjb250cm9sIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1406737769272119302&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.indiatoday.in%2Fworld%2Fstory%2Fpakistan-pm-imran-khan-refuses-condemn-repression-muslim-uyghurs-china-1817993-2021-06-22&sessionId=3388d09d0d4b1498e6262503ec5a1e83f53ac9ae&siteScreenName=indiatoday&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px
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Human rights groups across the globe have accused the authorities in China’s Xinjiang of detaining, torturing and forcibly sterilising more than a million Uyghur Muslims in camps. The Chinese have been accused of destroying mosques as well.
China has denied the allegations and said the camps are “vocational training facilities to combat religious extremism”.
Imran Khan stated that China had been one of Pakistan’s “greatest friends during our most difficult times when we were really struggling”. Khan said China had come to their “rescue” and, hence, he really respected “the way they are”.
“I look around the world and such things are happening in Palestine, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan and so on. Am I going to start talking about everything?” he asked.
Last year, Imran Khan had written a letter to the leaders of Muslim states asking them to unite against Islamophobia in the West. “After 9/11, the term ‘Islamic terrorism’ came into currency. People in the west think there’s something in Islam which leads to terrorism. Anytime a terrorist attack with a Muslim involved has happened across the globe since 9/11, all 1.3 billion Muslims in the world become targets,” he had said.