Fast­ing in China, M/o RA falls to pro­pa­ganda

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

Acheck del­e­ga­tion of Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs has left for China to

ve­rac­ity of me­dia re­ports that Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties have banned fast­ing in the holy month of Ra­mazan in the Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Xin­jiang province. Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment has for­mally re­quested Pak­istan to send a del­e­ga­tion to Xin­jiang to as­cer­tain facts re­gard­ing ob­ser­vance of Ra­mazan in the province.

The very fact that the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment it­self asked Pak­istan to send a del­e­ga­tion to ver­ify re­ports about China ban­ning fast­ing in Xin­jiang ex­poses false­hood of the pro­pa­ganda un­leashed ev­ery year by Western me­dia on the is­sue. But it is rather strange on the part of the Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs to have sent a del­e­ga­tion for phys­i­cal ver­i­fi­ca­tion when Chi­nese them­selves have vol­un­teered for the pur­pose. We should have be­lieved them and must not have fallen prey to vested Western pro­pa­ganda, which is un­leashed on the eve of Ra­mazan ev­ery year with the ap­par­ent ob­jec­tive of in­cit­ing sen­ti­ments of Mus­lims around the world against China. This is de­spite the fact that the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment, on more than one oc­ca­sions, ex­plained in de­tail that there was no such ban but the pro­pa­ganda per­sists as its real ob­jec­tive is to tar­nish im­age of Beijing. In­stead, a sched­ule of fast­ing for Mus­lims in­clud­ing those in Xin­jiang province is is­sued by the Gov­ern­ment and there is no in­ter­fer­ence in the re­li­gious rites or rit­u­als of Mus­lims. Se­condly, in our view, ev­ery sov­er­eign coun­try is within its right to deal with its lo­cal is­sues keep­ing in view the sen­si­bil­i­ties of lo­cal cit­i­zens. It is hall­mark of the Chi­nese sys­tem that ev­ery cit­i­zen is treated equally and all com­mu­ni­ties and re­gions are de­vel­oped on equal foot­ings. It is be­cause of this that there is re­mark­able har­mony among a mul­ti­tude of com­mu­ni­ties in China and all of them are work­ing to­gether to take their coun­try to new heights of progress and de­vel­op­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.