Pakistani Warriors Silent as China Abuses Xinjiang
In Pakistan, when it comes to Kashmir vs Xinjiang, it is very clear. Muslims of Xinjiang don’t matter. On Google Trends, it is difficult to find any Pakistani Googling about Xinjiang. And since they don’t Google, it may be useful for Pakistanis to read this list about China
- Deutsche Welle: 1 million placed in internment camps. Some former detainees recalled they were handed a piece of paper detailing more than 70 acts and forced to choose one or several of them. Some of the acts were seemingly innocuous, such as traveling or contacting people abroad. But most of them were religious acts, such as praying or wearing a headscarf.
- VOA: Uyghur Hjelp, a Norway-based Uighur advocacy and aid organization, told VOA that Chinese authorities since 2016 have detained at least 518 key Uighur religious figures and imams. The organization says it has found some of the imams, who were previously trained and employed by Beijing, are now sentenced with long prison terms while a few of them have lost their lives in internment camps.
- Associated Press: Birth rates in the mostly Uighur regions of Hotan and Kashgar plunged by more than 60% from 2015 to 2018, the latest year available in government statistics. Across the Xinjiang region, birth rates continue to plummet, falling nearly 24% last year alone — compared to just 4.2% nationwide, statistics show
- Associated Press: While sterilization rates plunged in the rest of the country, they surged seven-fold in Xinjiang from 2016 to 2018, to more than 60,000 procedures. The Uighur-majority city of Hotan budgeted for 14,872 sterilizations in 2019 — over 34% of all married women of childbearing age
- Han Population which was less than 10% in 1950 is now more than 40%
Given the nature of the Pakistani relationship with China, it is unlikely any Pakistani will comment about Xinjiang anytime soon.