A German footballer, Mesut Ozil has lashed out at Muslim leaders over not speaking for Uyghurs in China.
Expressing anger over the reports of burning of Qurans, shutting down of mosques and religious schools, killing of scholars and sending of other Muslims to detention camps in Xinjiang, the Arsenal player said the Muslims were silent and their voice was not heard.
He wrote this in a post with background of Uyghurs’ flag on his social media account. After voices of concern grew across the world, China initially denied of existence of any camps then said that they were vocational schools to tame extremism.
In a recent interview, Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari had said that Pakistan had taken up the issue of Uyghurs with China.
Talking to Al Jazeera’s program UpFront, Shireen Mazari had said the government had been discussing the issue with the Chinese government.
To a query about China’s point of view on locking up millions of Muslims, she had said she did not consider that Uyghurs in such a large number were being locked up. “I am saying that there may be cases and we have taken it up with the Chinese, that’s how we deal with our allies,” she had said reluctantly.