China protecting terrorist groups from UN sanctions: Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed out China's double standards of persecuting innocent Muslims in Xinjiang while protecting terrorists of Pakistan

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Washington, DC: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that China oppresses millions of its own Muslims citizens but “protects” the violent Islamist terrorist groups from United Nations sanctions.

Pompeo was referring to China’s veto against the United Nations Security Council’s proposal to declare Maulana Masood Azhar, a Pakistani-based Jaish-e-Mohammed gangster, to be declared a “global terrorist” at the beginning of this month.

Pompeo mentioned in a tweet on Wednesday without mentioning Masood Azhar, “China has detained more than one million #Uighurs, ethnic #Kazakhs, and other #Muslim minorities in internment camps in #Xinjiang since April 2017. The U.S. stands with them and their family members. China must release all those arbitrarily detained and end its repression.”

The secretary continued, “The world cannot afford China’s shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims. On one hand, China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other, it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN.”

After the terrorist attack in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir, the United States, Britain and France had proposed that the UN Security Council declare Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a move that China did not agree with.

China had argued that it should take more time to study this subject. Except for China, all the member countries of the Security Council accepted the proposal.

Pompeo charged China with taking more than 10 million Uighurs (or Uyghurs), Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities into detention in camps in the Xinjiang province since April 2017.

The secretary said America is stood with China’s victims and their families. He said all the people taken into custody in China should be released and their suppression must be stopped.

On Wednesday, Pompeo met with the Xinjiang survivors and their family members and condemned China’s “oppression and custody campaign” against minority groups in Xinjiang.

Pompeo appealed to China to abolish these policies and release all the people arbitrarily detained.