On Friday a top US official criticized Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan asking why Mr. Khan was not speaking out about China, which has detained an estimated one million Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims.
US Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells also said that Mr. Khan’s comments on Kashmir, amid the increased tensions between India and Pakistan, were unhelpful. He stated that “A lowering of rhetoric would be welcome, especially between two nuclear powers.”
She also asked why Mr. Khan was not speaking out about China which has detained an estimated one million Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims.
“…I would like to see the same level of concern expressed also about Muslims who are being detained in Western China, literally in concentration-like conditions. And so being concerned about the human rights of Muslims does extend more broadly than Kashmir, and you’ve seen the administration very involved here during the UN General Assembly and trying to shine a light on the horrific conditions that continue to exist for Muslims throughout China,” she said.
China is a major diplomatic and economic partner of Pakistan. On Monday, Mr. Khan asked about the Uighurs at a think tank, declined comment, saying that Pakistan had a “special relationship” with China and would only raise issues in private.
China has been accused by rights groups and witnesses of trying to forcibly stop Islamic traditions and integrated Uighurs into the majority Han population. China says it is providing vocational training and discouraging extremism.
The US has decided to use the annual United Nations summit to build up international pressure on China over its treatment of the Uighurs. An event has been organized by the State Department on Tuesday to highlight the difficulty of Uighurs in China.
John Sullivan, the US’s second-highest diplomat, said that “We cannot be the only guardians of the truth nor the only members of the international community to call out China and demand that they stop.”
Regarding the Issue, Mr. Trump had also stated the General Assembly, “The world fully expects that the Chinese government will honor its binding treaty… (and) protect Hong Kong’s freedom and legal system and democratic ways of life.”
During his third appearance at the diplomatic forum in New York, Trump said, “How China chooses to handle the situation will say a great deal about its role in the world and the future.”