Pak says will probe China decision to ban fasting for Muslims in Xinjiang during Ramazan

, 12:58 PM IST
A man checks the sky for the rain before praying with other believers at the historic Niujie mosque as they celebrate the Eid al-Fitr in Beijing July 18, 2015. The Eid al-Fitr festival marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Islamabad: A Pakistan Ministry of Religious Affairs delegation has left for China to determine the reported reason for the Chinese authorities to ban fasting in Muslim-majority Xinjiang province during Ramazan.

A ministry official was quoted by the Express Tribune, as saying that Beijing has formally requested Islamabad to send a delegation to Xinjiang to ascertain the facts.

The delegation includes the Director General (Research), Noor Islam Shah, and Faisal Mosque chief cleric Ziaur Rehman. They will ascertain facts regarding the reported ban on fasting.

It was earlier reported that Chinese authorities had marked the start of Ramazan with a customary ban on civil servants, students and children in the mainly-Muslim region to fast, the report clearly rejected by Chinese government as baseless.

Chinese officials refuted the reports saying the country’s constitution guarantees religious freedom.

Approximately, China has 20 million-strong Muslim population, and the far-western region of Xinjiang is home to 10 million Uighur Muslims. (ANI)