ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari has said that Pakistan had taken up the issue of Uyghurs with China.
Talking to Al Jazeera’s program UpFront, Shireen Mazari 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 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 said reluctantly.
Mazari said she was surprised that she was not asked about the Muslim persecution in Europe where Muslim women could not even wear the clothes of their choice. Upon which, UpFront host Mehdi Hasan said why he should ask her something she had already spoken about. He said on her Twitter timeline he could not find a single word about Uyghurs, one of the biggest issues in Muslim communities right now.
Mehdi Hasan said as per the United Nations between one million and three million Uyghur people were behind the bars. He said according to quote of the great Muslim leader and the grandson of the Prophet (SAWW), Imam Hussain (RA), on her Twitter Pakistan government’s silence meant that it was complicit in the oppression. The quote reads, “Those who are silent when others are oppressed are guilty of oppression themselves.”
The minister for human rights said she was not complicit in oppression. “I am saying persecution of any group as a group deliberately is wrong, be it the Muslims in Europe, be it in China, be it anywhere.” She also condemned targeting of Muslims in the occupied Kashmir and Palestine.