Wherever you go, you can see development taking place in Xinjiang: Moin ul Haque
by Liao Yifan
Early this month, a delegation comprising Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque, and more than 30 diplomats from some 21 countries, visited Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
"I'm very happy to visit Xinjiang, a beautiful part and a very historic area of China. We have been here for 3 days now, we visited the regional capital Urumqi and Kashgar, which is a very ancient city and trading hub of centuries as part of the silk road. We also visited the beautiful city of Aksu," said Haque.
A family restaurant in the city of Aksu, where Haque enjoys the succulent kebabs, fresh naans and tea. [photo on Moin ul Haque twitter account]
"Development is taking place in Xinjiang, including infrastructure, industry, agriculture, water purification projects, educational institutions and exhibition centers. Wherever you go, you can see development taking place for the people of this beautiful region, and helping the social economic development of the region, poverty alleviation, revitalization of the rural areas, creation of jobs." He said the region's developments in transportation and agriculture left a deep impression on him.
A recently built mosque in Urumqi, representing the religious freedom and cultural mosaic of China. [photo on Moin ul Haque twitter account]
"I'm very happy to get a briefing from the Imam, the head of this place. The notable and important thing is that there's freedom of religion in China and it's enshrined in the Constitution of China, which is a very important part. I think that's something which many people in the outside don't understand and they keep making this propaganda against China about the religion and the treatment of ethnic minorities," Haque said after visiting the Islamic center of Urumqi and mosque.
Haque said he has witnessed the religious freedom of the people in Xinjiang on the field trip, and after this visit, he can assure everybody outside the world that they need to come here and to see it themselves.
"In a peaceful way, people here are enjoying their lives, their culture, their deep traditions, and most importantly, their religion," he added.
Haque also voiced support and appreciation for policies that helped maintain stability and development in Xingjiang. "We were very impressed the way the Chinese government is focusing on this area. The rapid development of Xinjiang is unprecedented in history. It's a miracle."
Responding to rumors fabricated by some Western countries on claimed human rights grounds, the ambassador said that human beings are facing many challenges and what we need is cooperation, not defamation, unilateralism or hegemonism. "Pakistan adheres to the principle of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs. We support China's policy on Xinjiang and we are willing to develop more cooperation with China," he added.