Pakistan’s official delegation has faced widespread condemnation after visiting Chinese-Occupied East Turkistan to express unwavering support for China’s actions in the region. The delegation, representing the Council of Islamic Ideology, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, and Islami Tehreek Pakistan, aimed to strengthen China-Pakistan cooperation but instead sparked outrage within the East Turkistani diaspora.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile strongly condemned Pakistan’s actions, accusing the country of shameful hypocrisy and complicity in endorsing China’s alleged campaign of colonization, genocide, and occupation in East Turkistan. In response, Prime Minister Salih Hudayar called on Pakistan to break free from its treacherous alliance with China and unequivocally condemn the alleged crimes in the region.
During the meeting in East Turkistan, influential Pakistani religious leaders praised China’s ethnic and religious policies while ignoring the reported genocide, Islamophobia, and human rights abuses faced by the Uyghur and other Muslim Turkic populations. This endorsement was criticized for defying justice, humanity, and Islamic principles.
China has been facing allegations of committing genocide against Muslim Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan since 2014. Accusations include forced labor, forced sterilization, organ harvesting, destruction of mosques, and banning Islamic practices.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile expressed deep disappointment in Pakistan’s stance, calling it a betrayal to the suffering Uyghurs and all East Turkistani Muslims, as well as to the principles of Islam.
Critics argue that Pakistan’s opportunistic relationship with China has compromised its commitment to protecting Muslim human rights and promoting justice. By ignoring China’s alleged actions, Pakistan has been accused of becoming complicit in this humanitarian catastrophe.
As international pressure mounts on China, Pakistan faces a critical choice between complicity in genocide or standing in solidarity with the oppressed Muslims of East Turkistan and upholding humanity and justice.
The East Turkistani people call on Pakistan to prioritize humanity over economic and political interests and cease its support for China’s alleged genocidal and anti-Islamic campaign in the region. They urge Pakistan to join the global community in demanding an immediate cessation of China’s actions in East Turkistan.