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Pakistan consulate in China brings up 'freedom' of Uyghur community issue, Islamabad says account was 'hacked'
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Pakistan consulate in China brings up 'freedom' of Uyghur community issue, Islamabad says account was 'hacked'

| @indiablooms | 16 Jan 2023, 10:26 am

Islamabad: The Pakistan foreign office on Friday said the official Twitter account of the Pakistan consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu was “hacked”, hours after a tweet was posted in support of Uyghur Muslims in China.

"The Twitter account of the Pakistan Consulate General Chengdu, China @PakinChengdu has been hacked," read the tweet issued by the Pakistan foreign office.

"As of today, any tweet or message issued from this account is not made by the Pakistan Consulate General Chengdu nor does it reflect the position of the Government of Pakistan," the tweet said.

The UN has accused China of "serious human rights violations" in a long-awaited report into allegations of abuse in Xinjiang province.

The report assesses claims of abuse against Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities, which China denies.

The UN recommended that China immediately takes steps to release "all individuals arbitrarily deprived of their liberty" and suggested that some of Beijing's actions could amount to the "commission of international crimes, including crimes against humanity".

While the UN said it could not be sure how many people have been held by the government, human rights groups estimate that more than a million people have been detained at camps in the Xinjiang region, in north-west China.

Who are Uyghur Muslims?

Uyghur Muslims are a Turkic minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia.

The Uyghurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.

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