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'No namaz in Pakistan during office hours': Chinese companies prohibit Muslim employees from offering prayers

Publication: Times Now News
Date:  June 29, 2020
URL:      https://www.timesnownews.com/international/article/no-namaz-in-pakistan-during-office-hours-chinese-companies-prohibit-muslim-employees-from-offering-prayers/613786

A cleric in Pakistan has urged Pakistanis to tell the Chinese that they will have to follow the local laws.

In an explosive video that has surfaced on social media, a Muslim cleric can be seen claiming that Chinese companies have been barring Muslim employees in Pakistan from offering namaz, one of the five pillars of Islam.

In the video, the cleric can be seen urging Pakistanis to take a stand against the diktat and tell the Chinese companies that they will have to follow local laws and that the "country does not belong to them".

"We cannot ignore namaz. People are afraid that they will lose their jobs. But it has now become a matter of self-respect for us," the cleric goes on to say in the video.

It has come as a big surprise since China is an all-weather ally of Pakistan and has long-term investments and interests in the country. China's suppression of Islamic practices in its companies in Pakistan and its aggressive repression of homegrown Muslims back in China may soon enable the mainland to loosen its grasp on the Pakistani public's opinion.

China has already received backlash from the Islamic world after the Xi Jinping govt banned "men with beards and women with Muslim headscarves" from using public transportation in the city of Karamay in Xinjiang in China. The local govt also banned people sporting the Islamic star and crescent from using public transport as well.

China's discrimination against Muslims is growing. The domestic consequences of its policies are controversial. However, according to media reports, Beijing, in 2014, publicly spoke with leaders from both Afghanistan and Pakistan about concerns over the Uighurs staging attacks against the Chinese populations.

While the governments in Kabul and Islamabad expressed interest in complying with the Communist Party's request to better monitor their northern borders, China still faces the prospect of alienating the Pakistani and Afghan public with its policies of religious intolerance.


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