China human rights magazine Bitter Winter on Monday accused Pakistan of playing along with “Chinese propaganda” by making a splashy public vow to crack down on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), an alleged Uyghur terrorist group that evidence suggests does not exist.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) routinely invokes the ETIM to justify concentration camps, forced labor, and a total surveillance state in Xinjiang province.
“East Turkestan” is the name preferred by Uyghur Muslims for the region China has designated as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The region was annexed and refashioned as a province of China by a series of military conquests beginning in the 18th Century and culminating in the Communist invasion of 1949. The Uyghurs are a Turkic people with kinship to adjacent Central Asian nations like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.
The Communist Party is working to permanently assimilate the XUAR by flooding it with