Last Thursday, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan publicly revealed that he accepts the Chinese government’s claim that it is not perpetrating a genocide against its Uyghur Muslim population.
In an appearance on a Chinese broadcast, Khan cited Pakistan’s “extreme proximity and relationship with China” as the reason for trusting the Chinese Communist Party, which he also praised for highlighting the one-party system as an effective alternative to Western democracy.
These comments echo Khan’s defense of China during an interview with Axios last month, in which he refused to accept the facts about China’s mass internment and abuse of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, saying this was “not the case according to them” and that “whatever issues we have with the Chinese, we speak to them behind closed doors.”
Prime Minister Khan’s position is not unique in the Muslim world. As China seeks the eradication of the Uyghur people, many Muslim countries not only turn a blind eye but publicly express support for its crimes.