PM Imran criticises the West’s ‘double standards’ on Xinjiang and IoK
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that the West’s “selective silence” on human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) was “deafening,” while highlighting China’s alleged mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.
“What we find extremely difficult to digest in Pakistan is that while they talk about Uighurs, they don’t say much in the West about IoK because India is doing the greatest human rights crimes there,” the premier remarked during an interview with Chinese media in Islamabad.
“Somehow, there is selective silence regarding human rights in IoK, where almost nine million people live in the most deplorable conditions.”
While the West has been harsh in its condemnation of the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang, Pakistan’s ambassador to China has visited the region and discovered that “this is actually not true on the ground.”
Previously, in a July 2021 conversation with Chinese media, the premier stated that Pakistan accepted Beijing’s account of the treatment of Uighurs owing to “our tremendous closeness and friendship.”
The interview with Chinese media on Saturday comes only a few days before the premier’s scheduled journey to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The visit coincides with the United States’ boycott of the tournament.
The prime minister reiterated his desire to attend the Olympics, adding it would be an honour.
The premier also praised and emphasised the two countries’ “deep friendship,” saying it had only become stronger over time. “There is a widespread belief in Pakistan that China has always stood by us in times of need and provided help during tough times.” Similarly, Pakistan has always supported China,” he remarked.
He went on to say that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project had strengthened ties between the two nations and had reached phase two of its operations, which focused on industrial growth. He stated that Pakistan is looking forward to working with China on a variety of other projects, including sports, information technology, agriculture, poverty alleviation, development, and city planning and administration.
The prime minister emphasised that Pakistan wants to replicate the Chinese growth model because it was “inclusive.”
He also sent his best wishes to the Chinese people on the occasion of the impending Lunar New Year event.
When asked about Afghanistan, the prime minister emphasised that international forces cannot just leave the country without considering its people, and he warned that if everyone abandons it, the country will face the “biggest humanitarian disaster in history.”
“The international world should consider the 40 million Afghans. It should be secondary whether they like the Taliban administration or not “He stated. Further more updates, visits our website APKetc.Com