Prime Minister Imran Khan has said reports by the United States and western media about the treatment of Muslims in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang presented a “completely different” picture than what had been observed by Islamabad’s envoy in Beijing during a visit. The PM also wondered why there was no similar “indignation” in western media about rights violations in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The prime minister was responding to a question during a CNN interview, broadcast on Sunday. “Two sides are completely different, what China is saying is completely different to what US is saying or western media is saying,” Khan told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “That’s why we asked our ambassador [In China] to give us his opinion and it not what is appearing in western media.”
“We had our Ambassador Moinul Haque in China, who went to Xinjiang, and according to his observations, the picture is not what has been portrayed in western media,” Khan added.
China’s treatment of its Muslim minority in Xinjiang is frequently highlighted by the Western media. Rights groups accuse Beijing of widescale abuses against Uyghurs and other minority groups, including torture, forced labor and detention of 1 million people in internment camps.
China calls the camps re-education and training facilities, denies abuses, and says it is combating religious extremism.
Source: Arab News PK