Since Pakistan and China are close allies, Islamabad is using this good friendship and urging China to ease pressure on the country’s Muslim minority. Amid warnings by rights groups, Uighurs in China face restrictions on religious activities and mass detentions in so-called “re-education camps”.
The appeal comes as Pakistan has had traditionally good ties with its large neighbor. Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs, Noorul Haq Qadri, met Chinese envoy Yao Xing this week to discuss the situation of the Uighurs in China’s western Xingjian province.
Mr. Qadri says such pressures could foment reactionary extremist viewpoints and urged Beijing to take concrete steps on the issue.
Analysts say Pakistan’s move is significant amid growing pressure on China over human rights violations.