Why is Pakistan Silent on the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in China ?


The Muslim world had racist impressions where East Asian looking Muslims are considered at the bottom. Favouring Uyghurs won’t give any sort of political perimeter to the Muslim Nations. This would also affect possible trade relations with China; hence they choose to be silent about it. Had it been another country, oppressing even a part of what China has been on Muslims, it would be mayhem for those countries. Chinese authorities says the population of Uyghurs within the Xinjiang region to be just over 12 million.

Chinese government, although do not have liberals to protect the human rights of the Muslim population in their country. They also don’t have any Muslim organisations in their country for them to pressurise China into taking actions against the oppression.

China has become a key trade partner of every Muslim-majority nation. Many are members of the Chinese-ledor are participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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The Pakistan has always ignored Beijing’s repression of Uyghurs. When confronted Khan twisted it at India and said ‘The plight of China’s Uyghurs, is nothing compared to what’s happening in India, in Kashmir…. You cannot compare the scale.’They say they take it up with China whenever they have proof of oppression but do they? They have always prevailed in protecting China against the accusations to honour them as they have helped Pakistan in every way possible when needed.

China acts as a crucial balancer against India for Pakis; Khan decades they have been in “iron brotherhood” that goes back decades.  Pakistan feels indebted to Beijing because “they came to help us when we were at rock bottom, ” said Imran Khan, the Pakistani Prime Minister.

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China and Pakistan have also developed a realpolitik relation in the international system since the 1950s. Pakistan was one of the first countries to accept the People’s Republic of China (PRC) regime on Mainland China, which gave Pakistan a horizon of developments and support from China. In 1963, border issues were solved and China provided military assistance to the nation in 1966. Now over half of Pakistan’s arms are supplied by China. China has also loaned a lot of money to the Pakistan Government. Over years, a lot of meetings and treaties were also signed developing a special relationship between the two. Pakistan has been the main bridge between the Muslim states and China. They have considered power states over cultures and philosophy for the well being of the nation. Economically too, Pakistan’s largest trading partner is China making them dependent. The bilateral trade has risen to more than US $18 Billion.

This factors ties Pakistan’s hand towards a peaceful relationship with China which would be disturbed if they raise a voice against them.


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