Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has defended China on accusations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region ((XUAR), saying it is not what Western media portrays.
Imran Khan in an exclusive interview with Fareed Zakaria for CNN, said that Pakistan’s ambassador to China Moinul Haq had visited XUAR and said that the situation over there is “not what the Western media portrays.”
Imran Khan, who has long projected himself as a champion of Islamic causes, continues to support China on its policy regarding Xinjiang.
Khan supported Beijing on the Xinjiang issue and also backed the communist regime on the South China Sea as well as One-China Principle during the inaugural ceremony of the Beijing Olympics 2022.
“The Pakistan side expressed its “commitment to One-China Policy and support for China on Taiwan, South China Sea, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet,” read a joint statement released following the meeting of Imran Khan and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
Islamabad gave its support to China on issues related to the One China Policy and the South China Sea, which the West sees as arbitrary rules policies made by Beijing to foster its expansionist approach.
“The Chinese side reaffirmed its support for Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and security, as well as promoting its socio-economic development and prosperity,” it added.
Islamabad’s support to Beijing against the accusation of human rights violation by China in the Xinjiang region came at a time when recently 243 global groups called for action against China over human rights abuses in the country.