Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi breaks silence on the 'quiet diplomacy' with China over Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang

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Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi breaks silence on the 'quiet diplomacy' with China over Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang

*ISLAMABAD - **Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah MEHMOOD Qureshi breaks silence over the 'quiet diplomacy' with China over Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. *

*Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that his government was using “quiet diplomacy” to express its concerns over the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province.*

It is not necessary to condemn everything publicly, the Pakistani foreign minister said, while speaking at a ceremony at the Institution of Business Administration in Karachi.

Exiled Uighur activists in November 2019 released evidence of nearly 500 camps and prisons being used against the ethnic group in China, saying the overall number of inmates could be “far greater” than the one million usually cited.

Beijing initially denied their existence when news of these camps first emerged in 2017.

Later, it claimed they were “voluntary” vocational centres aimed at combating extremism by teaching people Mandarin and job skills.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government has been reluctant to comment on alleged human rights violations in China.

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