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‘Selective declarations’ on human rights are immoral: Pakistan PM on China’s treatment of Uighurs

By PTI

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that “selective declarations” on human rights were “immoral”, reacting to allegations of human rights violations by Pakistan’s all-weather ally China over its Uighur Muslim population in the troubled province of Xinjiang.

In an extensive interview with the Middle East Eye (MEE), a London-based online news outlet, Khan denied pressure from the Gulf countries to recognize Israel and said that the international community’s failure to engage with the Taliban in Afghanistan could hurt the state. Can extend up to 20 years. Dawn newspaper reported.

Khan termed the 70-year-old relationship between Pakistan and China as “withstands the test of time”.

In interviews with MEE, Khan said that “selective declarations on human rights” were unethical, reacting to the allegation on China.

He said that Pakistan had spoken to China on the Uighur issue and it was given an explanation.

“Our relations with China are such that we have an understanding.

We will talk to each other, but behind closed doors because that is their nature and culture.”

The US and Britain have criticized China for its alleged treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, with some top officials calling it a “genocide”.

Beijing has been accused of forced labor, systematic forced birth control, torture and separation of children from imprisoned parents against minority Muslims in the resource-rich province.

Khan said the international community needed to engage with the Taliban and failure to do so could set the group back 20 years.

The group has been demanding international recognition of its “government” ever since Taliban militants declared full control of Afghanistan on 6 September after the last opposition post fell in Panjshir.

“The world must engage with Afghanistan,” he said, warning of the consequences of not doing so.

“There must be radicals within the group [and] It can easily go back to the Taliban of 20 years ago. And it would be a disaster.”

He said that if Afghanistan descends into chaos once again, it will become fertile ground for terrorists like ISIS, which is a matter of concern for all countries in the region.

He said isolating Afghanistan and imposing sanctions would lead to a massive humanitarian crisis.

“If they are left like that, my concern is that [Afghanistan] could return in 1989 when the Soviets and Americans left,” he said, adding that more than 200,000 Afghans were killed in that conflict.

Khan said the US had to “pull itself together” in the aftermath of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“I don’t think they have found their feet yet,” he said, adding that Pakistan would also suffer as a result of the chaos in Afghanistan.

Asked about Pakistan’s approach after the Taliban takeover, the prime minister said: “We are greatly relieved because we expected bloodshed, it was a peaceful transfer of power”.

Similarly, on the issue of women’s rights, she said the Taliban should be encouraged to “walk the talk”, pointing out that the group said it would allow women to work and be educated.

Asked about the threat from the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to his administration, Khan said the Pashtuns on the Pakistani side of the border had started attacking the state after it attacked the US in Afghanistan. associated himself with.

“They called us allies, started attacking us and started calling themselves Pakistani Taliban which we did not have before joining the coalition. At one point 50 different groups called themselves Taliban. [and] Attack on us,” the Prime Minister said.

He said that once the US footprint was reduced and Pakistan ceased to be an ally, the movement and its inspiration were lost.

“I believe that all rebellion ultimately ends at the negotiating table,” the premier said.

Asked if he would allow US bases in Pakistan to act against ISIS, the prime minister said: “I think they don’t need a base here because we don’t want to be part of the conflict again. “

The premier denied any pressure from Gulf countries to recognize Israel and said that Pakistan is a democratic country which cannot take unilateral decisions without taking the people.

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