A comfort station has been erected on the location of a demolished mosque in Atush (in Chinese, Atushi) city, in northwest China ’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
Some observers believe it’s a mission of the Chinese Communist Party aimed toward breaking the spirit of Uyghur Muslims.
Pakistan pretends it doesn’t even know what is going on on in Xinjiang.
“Pakistan foreign-policy agenda carries a contradiction at its heart. Pakistan seeks to project themselves as a worldwide defender of Islam, but he won’t utter a peep about the foremost egregious persecutions of Muslims in China.” said a politician working with the security establishment.
China has waged a war on its Muslims targeting their culture, history, and religion. Those in Xinjiang cannot do much about it.
China is now home to quite 22 million Muslims, including some 11 million Uyghurs. Mosques and other religious sites in Xinjiang were badly damaged during the political upheaval of China’s 1966-76 Cultural Revolution .
Directive to destroy Muslim places of worship en bloc is a component of the Mosque Rectification campaign which commenced in 2016. This is a part of a series of hard-line policies under Xi Jinping, predates the mass incarceration of as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities during a vast network of internment camps in the XUAR.
A report from Radio Free Asia which recently conducted a telephonic interview with Uyghur reported that
Local people say, there was no need for the public toilet in the community since most people have restrooms at their residence and hardly any tourists visit this place. Toilet was likely built to hide up the ruins of the destroyed Tokul mosque, also as for the requirements of inspecting groups or cadres visiting the world . As per the community chief, the restroom construction is complete but not open to be used yet.
In Hotan (Hetian) prefecture’s Lop (Luopu) county reported that authorities were getting to use a site of a former mosque to open an “activities center” that might function a spot for entertainment.
In Hotan city’s Ilchi township a former mosque site there was slated for conversion into a factory to supply underwear for a Sichuan-based company.
This is not the sole mosque demolished, earlier Azna mosque and Bastaggam mosque had been destroyed and replaced with “a convenience store” that sells alcohol and cigarettes, the utilization of which is frowned upon in Islam.
As per reports, as per Mosque Rectification campaign, CCP authorities have destroyed some 70 percent of the mosques across the XUAR.
In addition to mosques, the Chinese authorities are systematically destroying Muslim cemeteries and other religious structures. An investigation carried out by Agency France-Presse (AFP) revealed that at least 45 cemeteries in the XUAR had been destroyed from 2014 to date. The sites were became parks or parking lots or remained empty lots.
The reason quoted by the authorities behind this campaign is “social safety”.
Washington-based Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) published a report titled “Demolishing Faith: The Destruction and Desecration of Uyghurs Mosques and Shrines,” which uses geolocation and other techniques to point out that anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 mosques, shrines, and other religious sites within the region were destroyed between 2016 and 2019.
People are approaching the government and other Muslim organisations to take action against China for this ‘desecration’.
This is not the only incident explaining the atrocities this minority face. They are forced to live in deplorable conditions and made to work in factories. Sometimes forced to eat pork and drink alcohol. All this is a part of the big picture wherein, China wants to abolish this minority race completely from their country.