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'Don't know much about': Imran Khan on situation of Uighurs Muslims in China

File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi Sep 14, 2019, 11.02 PM (IST) Edited By: Sidhant Sibal

Calling China as Pakistan's "best friend", Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said he doesn't know much about the situation of persecuted Uighurs Muslims in China. 

Many western governments have asserted that Uighurs are been systemically targeted by China and being sent to reeducation camps. 

In an interview to Al Jazeera, as part of global media outreach about the prevailing situation on Kashmir, Khan said "frankly we have been facing so many of our internal problems right now that I don't know much about the problem"

Adding, "I would like to say but I will say one thing about China, for us China has been the best friend "

Imran Khan who has been generally speaking about problems facing the Muslim all over the world, has been silent on the issue in China's north-western Xinjiang were most of the Uighurs are present.

The comments come amidst a rally in Pakistani occupied Kashmir on Friday were he said Muslims are been persecuted in Kashmir by India and called on the world to speak on the issue.

This is the second time Imran Khan has claimed no knowledge of the situation of Uighur Muslims in China. 

In an interview to Financial Times earlier this year, he said, "Frankly, I don't know much about that..if I had enough knowledge I would speak about it, it is not so much in the newspapers".

Interestingly, in July this year, many Islamic countries including Pakistan wrote a letter praising China's policies in Xinjiang.

Story highlights

In an interview to Al Jazeera, as part of global media outreach about the prevailing situation on Kashmir, Khan said "frankly we have been facing so many of our internal problems right now that I don't know much about the problem"