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Pakistan defends China’s ‘mistreatment’ of Muslim women in Xinjiang province

Blames international media for misreporting issue

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 20, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Dec 20, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Blames international media for misreporting issue

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Pakistan’s Foreign Office defended on Thursday the treatment of Chinese authorities towards Muslim women in Xinjiang province.  

Chinese authorities are not mistreating the women, the foreign office said.

Dr Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson, blamed the international media for misreporting the issue.”Some section of foreign media are trying to sensationalise the matter by spreading false information,” Faisal said.

He said that six of the 44 women, who were reported to be mistreated in Xinjiang, are living in Pakistan and four were sent to prison in different cases. Twenty-three women are living in Xinjiang with complete freedom, he added.

For the last few months, the international media has been reporting that the Chinese authorities have established so-called ‘re-education camp’ for Muslims across Xinjiang province. In a report released in September, the Human Rights Watch had accused the Chinese government of carrying out “repressive policies” against the Muslims in Xinjiang. “These rampant abuses violate fundamental rights to freedom of expression, religion, and privacy, and protection from torture and unfair trials,” the report said.

“More broadly, governmental controls over day-to-day life in Xinjiang primarily affect ethnic Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other minorities, in violation of international law’s prohibitions against discrimination.” Chinese officials have denied the abuses. Instead, they characterised these camps as “vocational education and employment training centres” for “criminals involved in minor offenses.”

During the weekly press briefing, the FO spokesperson condemned Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and said that the Indian forces were using dirty tactics to suppress the movement of freedom.

He demanded that an independent team of UN and fact-finding commission will be allowed to examine the situation in the Indian-administered Kashmir. He accused the Indian authorities of forcefully taking control of Jinnah house in Delhi. The Jinnah house in Delhi belongs to Pakistan, he added.

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