Afghan minister desiring to replicate Xinjiang model in Afghanistan

By Fatima Javed | Gwadar Pro Jun 23, 2023

ISLAMABAD, Jun. 23 (Gwadar Pro) - Afghan Deputy Minister of Economy Dr. Abdul Latif Nazari on Wednesday said that China had neutralized western propaganda on Xinjiang by uplifting the area, carrying out economic development in Xinjiang.

China had uplifted various sectors in Xinjiang, including education and industry. The minister expressed his desire to replicate the Chinese Xinjiang model in Afghanistan as well. 

He was speaking at a webinar titled, ‘International Forum on Xinjiang Modernization Drive from A Global Perspective’ organized by Asian Institute of Eco civilization Research and Development (AIERD), Schiller Institute and Belt and Road Institute (BRIX) Sweden. 

He lauded Chinese role in world peace, especially mentioning its efforts in bringing Saudi-Iran rapprochement. He emphasized on shared security, saying that no one could win by waging wars. 

He said China was pursuing the policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries and instead stressed on enhancing economic and political ties. 

He also called on China to invest in Afghanistan in sectors of mining, infrastructure, industry and education. He made it clear that Afghanistan would never allow any group to threaten Chinese interests in Afghanistan.

Germany-based Schiller Institute chairperson Helga Zepp-LaRouche said that western media was spreading false propaganda about human rights violations in Xinjiang. She said delegations from Schiller Institute had visited the region and had found no evidence in this regard.

She said China had lifted the region’s population from extreme poverty and had equipped them with skills to make a career. She said China was focusing on human development along with economic uplift in Xinjiang.

Speaking at the webinar, BRIX vice chairman Hussein Askery said massive development in Xinjiang served as an example for other nations. He said China had cracked down on terrorist ideologies through vocational and educational programs.

Askery negated the western media propaganda of genocide in Xinjiang. Various delegations had been sent by Muslim countries to corroborate it but found no substantial proof, he said, adding that as per the 2022 census, the population of Xinjiang had increased to 25.8 million.

 “What kind of genocide it is where the population is increasing,” he said. He said Beijing had built 2.5 million housing units and was focusing on agriculture development in Xinjiang.
He said the people of the region continue to retain their cultural identity.

Askery said Xinjiang bordered nine countries and China had built 17 border ports, adding that the region was also the main rail freight hub for European Union and Central Asia.

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