Though Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan keeps talking of Islamic values and setting up of Riasat-e-Madina, he does not mind resorting to blatant lies whenever he is asked about the persecution of Uyghur Muslims by Chinese authorities in Xinxiang. In a recent interview to Al Jazeera, Imran parried the question when he was asked about his views on the condition of Uyghur Muslims, saying he was too busy with Kashmir issue and did not know much about it. Who would believe that a man who keeps talking about Muslim Ummah is not aware of the persecution of fellow Muslims in his neighbourhood. Imran, interestingly, did not fail to mention that China and Pakistan were the best of friends. Clearly, he doesn’t want to offend the Chinese even if it means overlooking the atrocities that the Uyghur Muslims are being subjected to.
Imran Khan on the persecution of Uyghur Muslims: Key points
1. Feigning ignorance about the plight of Uyghur Muslims in China, Imran Khan said that he has been so busy with the Kashmir issue and Pakistan’s internal problems that he “frankly do not know much about” the treatment of Uyghur Muslims
2. On being asked if he has discussed the issue of Uyghur Muslims with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Imran Khan replied in the negative and said, “No, I have not. We have been facing so many of our internal problems right now that I do not know much about this problem. Let’s face it, ever since we came to power, apart from the economy and apart from dealing with the situation in Kashmir, we have been inundated with problems.”
3. However, his duplicity was obvious with his cunning remarks about China-Pakistan relationship. “I will say one thing about China. For Pakistan, China has been the best friend,” Imran Khan added.
4. “Right now, my responsibility is the people of Pakistan. Therefore, my number one effort is to help my own country,” Imran added.
When asked about China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims, primer minister of Pakistan says, "frankly, we've been facing so many of our internal problems that I don't know much about this problem." pic.twitter.com/wLkfYZkq1Z
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