Geelani concerned over plight of Chinese Muslims in Uighur

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today expressed serious concern over the plight of Chinese Muslims in Uighur, China.

“Although international media is almost silent about what is happening in Uighur community of China, but whatever little information, trickling down through social media and a few media houses, is not only disturbing but alarming as well. Thousands of Muslims have been imprisoned and made captive for years together in large camps and godowns. They are deprived of humanely treatment. They are not allowed to meet their family members. Their families even don’t know why and where their loved ones are detained. Their beard is shaved off and women are not allowed to wear Hijabs,” Geelani said in a statement.

He said, “Recent reports of ill-treatment of Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan are heart wrenching. Muslims are forced to eat and drink during the day time at their work places. They are compelled to keep their hotels and eateries open despite their resistance. They are not allowed to perform their religious obligations like Salah and fasts.”

Hurriyat (G) chairman said, “This is the worst form of majoritarianism,   oppression and religious hatred, which is enough to send shock waves down the spine of every conscious human.”

He said, “Muslims are forced to migrate from their own homeland, under a well planned conspiracy. Conducive atmosphere is created by the jingoistic media and fascist forces to legalize and legitimize their exit.”

Recalling the genocide of a small Muslim minority recently in Myanmar where these helpless and innocent believers were burnt alive, their women folk gang raped and even kids put to sky high flames, Geelani said, “ Despite all this, the champions of democracy, those fighting the oppression themselves for decades, maintained criminal silence on this state operated military onslaught against a minority.”

He said, “Horrifying nightmares of this ethnic cleansing were still echoing in our minds, when pathetic stories of Chinese Muslims from Uighur community started to pour in, that too in this wholly month of Ramadan.”

Geelani appealed the world bodies especially United Nation and OIC to take these disturbing reports from Uighur China very seriously and rescue this helpless minority of Muslims.

He also appealed to the government, its opposition and people of Pakistan to use their good offices of the Pak-China friendship to help their brethren out of this suffocating situation.