Correction: Pakistan-China story

September 26, 2018 - 12:22 am

ISLAMABAD (AP) — In a story Sept. 21 about Pakistani-Chinese relations, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the Xinjiang region in China.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Pakistan urges China to ease pressure on Muslim minority

Pakistan urges China to ease pressure on Muslim minority Uighurs amid warnings by leading rights groups

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is urging China to ease pressure on the country's Muslim minority amid warnings by rights groups that the Uighurs in China face restrictions on religious activities and mass detentions in so-called "re-education camps."

Pakistan has had traditionally good ties with its large neighbor.

Pakistan's minister for religious affairs, Noorul Haq Qadri, met Chinese envoy Yao Xing this week to discuss the situation of the Uighurs in China's western Xinjiang region.

Human Right Watch says forcible detentions of "thousands of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities" in Xinjiang started in 2017.

Qadri says such pressure could foment reactionary extremist viewpoints and urged Beijing to take concrete steps on the issue.

Analysts say Pakistan's move is significant amid growing pressure on China over human rights violations.