Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of...

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The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago - the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China's heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa.

He remembers the last thing she told him: 'As soon as you leave, they will take me to the camp and I will not come back.'

August - Atta - Amina - Manaji - Muslim

That was August, 2017. By then, Atta and Amina Manaji, from the Muslim ethnic Uighur group native to Xinjiang, had been married for 14 years.

Atta is one of scores of Pakistani businessmen - and he says there are more than 200 - whose spouses have disappeared, taken to what Chinese authorities tell them are education centers.

Beijing - Members - Muslim - Population - Reports

Beijing has been accused of interning members of its Muslim population - by some reports as many as one million - to 're-educate' them away from their faith.

It is seen as a response to riots and violent attacks that the government blamed on separatists.

Uighurs - Kazakhs - China - Associated - Press

Ethnic Uighurs and Kazakhs in China have told The Associated Press that ostensibly innocuous acts such as praying regularly, viewing a foreign website or taking phone calls from relatives abroad could land one in a camp.

'They call them schools, but they are prisons,' Atta said. 'They can't leave.'

Pakistanis - Defense - Islam - Muslims - World

Pakistanis often rally loudly in defense of Islam and Muslims whenever they are perceived offended around the world - most recently over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

In 1989, protests spread from Pakistan elsewhere, leading to the fatwa by Iran's Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini against author Salman Rushdie for his depiction of Islam in his book Satanic Verses.

Factors - Concerns - Investments - Pakistan - Muslim

But political and economic factors, including concerns about losing out on vast Chinese investments, have kept Pakistan and other Muslim countries silent about the plight in China of fellow...
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