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BEIJING: China has marked the start of Ramazan by restricting civil servants, students and children in a mainly Muslim region from fasting, government websites said as the holy month began on Monday.

China's ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has banned government employees and minors from fasting in Xinjiang, home to the more than 10 million strong mostly Muslim Uighur minority. It has also ordered restaurants to stay open.

The region sees regular clashes between Uighurs and state security forces, and Beijing has blamed deadly attacks there and elsewhere in China on militants seeking independence for the resource-rich region.

Rights groups blame tensions on religious and cultural restrictions placed on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the vast area, which abuts Central Asia.

Several local government departments in Xinjiang posted notices on their websites in the last week ordering restrictions on fasting during Ramazan.

During the holy month, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious.

"Party members, cadres, civil servants, students and minors must not fast for Ramazan and must not take part in religious activities," a notice posted on Thursday on the government website of central Xinjiang's Korla city said.

"During the Ramazan month, food and drink businesses must not close," it added.

A Uighur official in the city's Tiekeqi township named Ahmatjan Tohti told a group of men wearing traditional doppa hats at a meeting last Monday that officials should "resolutely stop party members, civil servants, students and minors from entering mosques for religious activities" during the festival, a separate report posted on the website last Tuesday ,said.

A website run by the education bureau of the regional capital Urumqi's Shuimogou district posted a notice last Monday calling for "prevention of students and teachers from all schools from entering mosques for religious activities", during Ramadan.

In the northern city of Altay, officials agreed to "increase contact with parents", to "prevent fasting during Ramazan", according to a post Friday on the state-run China Ethnicities Religion website.

Meanwhile the website of the Qapqal Xibe Autonomous County government in northwest Xinjiang said Monday that restaurants in the area would be instructed to stay open during Ramadan to "ensure that the broader masses have normal access to cuisine".

Dilxat Raxit of the World Uighur Congress, an exile group, condemned the restrictions in an email Monday, adding: "China thinks that the Islamic faith of Uighurs threatens the rule of the Beijing leadership".

China keeps tight control over religious groups, though Beijing often says it grants citizens broad freedom of belief.

China's State Council on Thursday released a white paper which declared that religious freedom in Xinjiang "cannot be matched by any other period in history".

"During the month of Ramazan, Muslim restaurants can decide whether they want to do business. There will be no interference," it said.

"Local governments ensure that all religious activities during Ramazan go on in an orderly manner," it added.

Comments (160) Closed

East indian Jun 06, 2016 05:11pm

Barring from fasting. The chinese has lost their mind. Not in any part of the world, not by any country, in worst time of violence, has put this kind unrealistic ban. This will make a good person go mad.

Asad Jun 06, 2016 05:14pm

Pakistan should play role to ease up & end such maltreatment by china on local muslims.

Taqdir Jun 06, 2016 05:16pm

Inhuman treatment

ABC Jun 06, 2016 05:17pm

I am eager to know Pakistan's view on this matter, as they always have doubt on religious freedom for minority in India.

joe Jun 06, 2016 05:17pm

I thought I just read yesterday that this year there will be no restrictions on Muslim to observe rituals of Ramadan. And today we are back to square one. Now let us see Zak reaction.

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Jun 06, 2016 05:19pm

I'm sure Pakistan & Political Leaders will be quite as usual. Political Leaders will expect media to do their jobs... Jun 06, 2016 05:20pm

This is very bad,

china should immediately stop this,

we should support ppl living there by protesting by all means

Muqaddam Khan Jun 06, 2016 05:22pm

Not a good decision

Hussain Jun 06, 2016 05:31pm

That's absolutely wrong. All such schemes have failed miserably in Russia as well.

ali Jun 06, 2016 05:32pm

That's why every sub standard thing in the world is called China.

Super Jun 06, 2016 05:32pm

This is unacceptable , Pakistan must take this matter with China if other Muslim nation don't stand up with Chinese Muslims then who will ?

nijj Jun 06, 2016 05:32pm

@سے Shaam (Hanafi)

what do you expect them to do anyway?

Jawad Jun 06, 2016 05:32pm

I was wondering in what capacity a Pakistani can say some thing about Chineese policies.

DP Jun 06, 2016 05:32pm

All weather friend China..

Sony Jun 06, 2016 05:34pm

Where is @Zak???? Sir we are waiting for your views on this issue so please enlighten us !!!


ali Jun 06, 2016 05:36pm

Pak will not say anything as Pak has NO foreign policy AND its PM foreign Minister is in Hospital.

Muhammad Iqbal Jun 06, 2016 05:36pm

Will Pakistan protest. Answer. Big no.

Chaos Jun 06, 2016 05:38pm

What's so wrong about Government officials and minors not allowed to fast. The Government is officially Atheist,hence it does have a certain degree of control over its employees , like it or not all government's do

Ahmad P Jun 06, 2016 05:39pm

I think china reserves the right to bar people from fasting who are on an atheist country's payroll. I totally abhore the decision but cannot deny the right of chinese govt to put up such, specially when india can ban beef, west bans the azaan, Europe bans the minarets and hijab. China still constitute of much less numbers of muslims than these areas.

thakur ji Jun 06, 2016 05:39pm

Iam still wondering that how a country which does not repect Muslims can be all weather freind of Pakistan.any one can put some light on this....please..

papa gee Jun 06, 2016 05:43pm

Asking for trouble !!!

khan Jun 06, 2016 05:52pm

Its about time for Chines government to stop this one side religious discrimination. They should behave as a part of international community - it should realize that its Muslim countries mineral and oil wealth they are using for their own progress. Such a unchecked behavior won't help Chines as a nation or country.

nasir siddique Jun 06, 2016 05:54pm

I am sure we will have street protests in Pakistan. Also sure that our government will lodge a formal protest.

vijay Jun 06, 2016 05:54pm

I haven't seen any official Pakistani protest or condemnation of this Chinese action. But as an Indian, I strongly condemn this. Muslims or people or any faith should be given the right to peaceful celebration of their beliefs.

I sincerely extend my Ramadan wishes to all my muslim brothers and sisters

AB Jun 06, 2016 05:56pm

All Pakistanis should unite and stand up against it. take it up at political and commercial level by boycotting all Chinese products. (atleast during ramadan) else you will do injustice to freedom

RAJA CHILL Jun 06, 2016 05:58pm

PAK should break all diplomatic ties with china. The issue should be raised in UN.

Sunil Nair Jun 06, 2016 06:00pm

This is absolutely not the right way to do things. I am shocked at this decision by Chinese government. What it will do is increase the friction level with in the population. Deprive humans of freedom and i am sure they will fight back to take it. So i think it is a bad move and not acceptable. Religion is free to be practiced till the time it does not interfere with any others and is conducted in a peaceful way. I am with you muslims from china and i feel your pain.

Skeptic Jun 06, 2016 06:01pm

Pakistan's all weather friend. Yet, Pakistan has no leverage on the Chinese when it oppresses fell0w-Muslims, and tramples over their basic civic and religious rights!

Very sad that economic interests and desperate need for Chinese investments surpass the moral obligation of a Muslim country.

Ravi Vancouver Jun 06, 2016 06:02pm

Inhuman treatment of its own citizens by barring religious rituals is bad. China considers all religions as myth, but it is individual's choice and his sentiments must be respected. We humans are advanced in communication and science but our mindsets are still stuck in Stone Age and tribal mentality, this makes us discriminate against our minorities and hatred towards people with beliefs different to us. Humans must learn to respect each other's belief and way of life.

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 06, 2016 06:07pm

And, meanwhile, in India, the Haj pilgrimage is subsidized by the Government of India.:):)

Rohit Singh Jun 06, 2016 06:12pm

Why would China listen to Pakistan, Chinese do what they think is best for them. China is indeed a economic superpower but human rights and freedom of expression is state controlled. You dare not say against the ruling Govt, if you do rot in jail if you are lucky and if not say bye bye to this life.

Gerry D'Cunha Jun 06, 2016 06:14pm

Will the maulvies call for protest on streets against the Chinese government for putting restrictions on fasting for Muslims? With the western world and America such restrictions would have come on the streets.

Irfan UK Jun 06, 2016 06:22pm

I know a lot of Pakistan's enemies want Pakistan to take this matter up and fall out with China but it's not going to happen. Pakistan should however, privately introduce Ramadhan to the Chinese and explain the reasons behind it and the Chinese may make it easy for the people their people.

sbk Jun 06, 2016 06:28pm

Will Turkey protest and withdraw its Embassy staff from China

Zen Jun 06, 2016 06:31pm

While in India, we are all with our brothers and many of us joining them.

Accountability Jun 06, 2016 06:36pm

There should not be any restrictions on muslims for following their religion.

Ali jee Jun 06, 2016 06:36pm

Don't need friends like this

Truth Jun 06, 2016 06:37pm

Pakistan should tell the Chinese Government why and make a change. I couldnt imagine this from Pakistan ally.

Hyder Jun 06, 2016 06:48pm

Pakistan, now you're seeing true colour of Chinese 'brothers'. At least a in India there are no such restrictions.

awais Jun 06, 2016 06:49pm

I really cant comprehend, what problem the World has with Islam. We simply want to live a peaceful life and practice our beliefs. Is there anything wrong in it. Be broadminded!

Sad but true Jun 06, 2016 06:51pm

Ramadan Mubarak to all our brothers and sisters.

Abdulla Hussain Jun 06, 2016 06:53pm

Pakistan should use its good friendship with China to make them understand the importance of fasting & prayer for all Muslims. Once they understand the restriction will go. Muslims should also understand about their responsibilities & prove with their good deeds their peaceful nature.

Agha Ata Jun 06, 2016 06:53pm

A sensible idea. Even Islam says the same thing about old people, sick people and children under certain age.

prem Jun 06, 2016 06:54pm

Communist countries are like this. They don't believe in Religion. I don't see any thing wrong in this.

Enkay Jun 06, 2016 07:05pm

I most vehemently condemn this dastardly act by the Chinese Government

Sumit Choudhary Jun 06, 2016 07:05pm

China, pakistans only all weather friend. Lets see how much influence do you have on china .

Skeptic Jun 06, 2016 07:07pm

@prem You don't see "any thing wrong with this"? Just because you're an atheist or agnostic, doesn't mean you should discourage other people from believing, or even refrain them from practicing their faith. It is oppression of the highest order - psychological, emotional and spiritual blackmail. In other words, forcing people to conform or convert by force, for self-preservation.

It is called violation of basic human rights. That's what's wrong with it!

Sunil Jun 06, 2016 07:11pm

@nasir siddique Your government will just turn their back, and ignore.

Real Masood Jun 06, 2016 07:27pm

@Abdulla Hussain You are right!

Ameer Hamza Jun 06, 2016 07:31pm

This is totally unjust. How can they even think of that? Chinese government has completely lost it.

Hamza Jun 06, 2016 07:36pm

A wrong act is wrong, for my respected Indian friends - no sane Muslim would accept this kind of treatment whether it's done in india or china. This should be discussed and since they don't have democracy, it can be dealt only with talks (in good-faith). Apart from that, politically China was, is and will be an ally for Pakistan due to many shared goals. Also, Iran and Afghanistan have full independence to take advantage from wherever they can and they should but admit this fact, none of the Muslim community would ever engage in something that is contradictory to Pakistan's interest.

Raza Jun 06, 2016 07:42pm

@Skeptic No What China is doing is right. Unless you are 18 your parents have no rights to impose the religion on you. People force six year kids to perform fasting that is horrible. China is doing right to protect the kids from parents obsession with religion.

Tanvir Jun 06, 2016 07:45pm

All Muslim countries should recall their ambassadors from China until this order or policy is rescinded. All Chinese businesses in all Muslim countries should be closed during the month of Ramazan if Muslims are not allowed to fast in China.

Sad but true Jun 06, 2016 07:49pm

Now compare India with China.

anna Jun 06, 2016 07:54pm

@nasir siddique i seriously doubt that

Kal Jun 06, 2016 08:00pm

This is totally wrong. I'm a Hindu and I have done fasting along with my Muslim friends during Ramadan. The basic essence of religion is love to your fellow beings.

Basit Ali Jun 06, 2016 08:02pm

@Raza Please read the article thoroughly they are preventing everyone from observing their rights

Black Indian Jun 06, 2016 08:09pm

Fasting is not for public consumption.
If you are fasting, for whatever reasons, need not make a show & tell every one...

So whatever China does, is stopping, publicity for fasting.

Black Indian Jun 06, 2016 08:14pm

@Super You are in your own world...

citizen Jun 06, 2016 08:16pm

Sad to know that muslims in India are fasting during Ramazan, but not those living in China ! Why we dont talk about human rights violations against china?

G. Rajendra Kumar Jun 06, 2016 08:20pm


Imran ali Jun 06, 2016 08:21pm

no Protest by JUD and J.I.

anony Jun 06, 2016 08:26pm

We as Pakistanis don't support China's step to enforce religious intolerence on Chinese Muslims, BUT, at the same time we consider China as our best and closest ally in the region to counter India, which without a shadow of doubt, is a direct threat to our very own existence.

Jayakumar Jun 06, 2016 08:38pm

Cant understand why Pakistanis & Indians are worried about it, in the mean time these Uighurs lead a better life than millions of Indians & Pakistanis.

Daddy Jun 06, 2016 08:38pm

@Agha Ata and also govt. People.

Sajjad Jun 06, 2016 08:49pm

@Abdulla Hussain . China has declared yesterday that no individual or no nation needs to interfere in the religious internal matters of China . Thus China has already made it absolutely clear that Pakistan must not poke it's nose in the internal religious matters of China . The people of Pakistani may protest by protest rallies in the streets of Pakistan .

M. Malik Jun 06, 2016 08:51pm

@Raza That's why people world over stress separation of church and state. Government should not impose any religious doctrine, nor interfere in people practicing it. It should stay out of religious matters all together.

Chinese government's actions are unfortunate, and deplorable.

YAHIYA Jun 06, 2016 08:56pm

Why turkey and pak have double standards against this inhuman treatment . This issue needs to be raised at the highest level.

Daulat1 Jun 06, 2016 08:57pm

Unfortunate attitude of China towards practices of Islam.

nasir khan Jun 06, 2016 09:21pm

How can the man made worldly laws can hinder and forbid the creation of God, following and adhering the laws made by the creator of the world. It is unfortunate. Our Government that claims to have an unshakable friendship with China, should play its due role.

Fazal Karim Jun 06, 2016 09:25pm

Chinese government thinks fasting reduces performance and production, they have figures to support that. We Muslims never researched and proved that it is not so. Ramazan should at least purify our souls and character. What we see is quite different, no letting in killing, adulteration in food items, unjust hike in prices, more corruption by police etc. Chinese have observed this.

Sajjad Jun 06, 2016 09:30pm

@Tanvir . I agree with you Tanvir .

Khurram Jadoon Jun 06, 2016 09:33pm

This completely counter productive ...

Shyam Jun 06, 2016 09:36pm

Two points - one - i agree with China, i have seen people loose their efficiency when they are hungry and thirsty for whole day. i have had cases in my office where people denied taking night meeting and that create pressure on peers, which was not fair. It is not one day affair, goes on for a month so i had distribute responsibilities - two- what is good/bad is a function of what we have done since childhood. China is not letting kids do it and as a result many of them will not fast when they grow up. I wonder how China monitors though, make people eat and someone certifies, interesting

Truth Jun 06, 2016 09:38pm

very good decision for common man.

raj Jun 06, 2016 10:09pm

Good job by China. The civil servants should be in healthy condition to work.

Layman Jun 06, 2016 10:14pm

Everyone knows China's human right record.

Jaleel Jun 06, 2016 10:19pm

Is there a reason that we have reserved our Tirades against USA and the other western countries?

Raja Ragu Raman Jun 06, 2016 10:27pm

I think Chinese have grown as a super power as they never bothered about belief systems or allow them to dictate law ... They see their nation, patriotism, economy and its growth as practical realities and only moto...

Khan Jun 06, 2016 10:54pm

Then why CPEC with China ? Why our leadership can't raise this issue with China, religious freedom is fundamental right.

Kala Hindu Jun 06, 2016 11:02pm

Sounds sensible to me!

Khwarezmi Jun 06, 2016 11:19pm

I love China for her friendship with Pakistan. And as a friend I have to say: "Come on man, don't be like that!"

Noshin Jun 06, 2016 11:24pm

This is alarmingly dangerous! they shouldn't interfere in ones religious duties and rituals....

Noshin Jun 06, 2016 11:26pm

It's wrong....I think Chinese should better respect the holy month ........

Imran Jun 06, 2016 11:37pm

@Fazal Karim you are well read and also know have loads of self respect. I believe now some of the words that i used to find distateful about us and the perception across the globe about us Pakistanis is I guess because of people like you.

SACHIN Jun 07, 2016 12:05am

No amount of fasting can purify body and soul if you are born Muslim

Priya Jun 07, 2016 12:16am

@Sony he is speechless

Zack Khan Jun 07, 2016 12:19am

@thakur ji This is unfortunate!

Tarannum S Jun 07, 2016 12:40am

@Imran Sorry, but I think Faizal is right in his own logic. Purity of soul need not be achieved by staying hungry. We fast because we are used to it. In India, even a lot of Hindus fast for a day or two just to give us company. We have never questioned it. But Ramzan is more about purity of soul and fasting, no matter how much religious we get, is not good for health and decreases your productivity significantly. However, in a lot of things in our religion, science takes a back seat. China is a practical country and looks are rationale over everything through their culture of inquiry.

Thunderbolt Jun 07, 2016 01:05am

@Fazal Karim although you talk sense but few people don't like this, best thing is that Muslim Wrld should declare Ramadan as annual Holidays for all, this way people will be able to perform their rites in a better way and Economics will not be disturbed.

S. Hasan Jun 07, 2016 01:36am

@Taqdir Perfectly human and necessary.

gary Jun 07, 2016 02:13am

Pakistan must fight back for the ummah.

imran ali Jun 07, 2016 02:49am

@ali since 1999 civilian has no role in foreign policy..

lordofthering Jun 07, 2016 04:12am

Pakistani usually praise Chinese as great friend and rely on do their job. Like to know what is their opinion on these type of religious freedom issue. I guess if something come easy people do not appreciate as much.

nO NAME Jun 07, 2016 04:41am

@Tanvir Joking?

pv Jun 07, 2016 06:29am

right move. Lot of employers complain that workers dont work during ramadan time affecting productivity. This is why china is so ahead of us

My New Dad is also bad Jun 07, 2016 07:33am

Our FO should protest strongly

Arif Jun 07, 2016 07:57am

I am from down south India. we take friends of brotherhood religions to our home during Ramadan. They love biriyani. They take me to their during diwali. I love ladoo and vadai. Good or bad but politicians greet people on big day. Shopping centers and malls do offer sales for ramadan. Believe it or not things happening here are fairy tales when compared to things happening in china,pakistan. Only a proper education and good selfless government can save a country

Lucky Star Jun 07, 2016 08:07am

Pakistani people and leaders need to rethink their attitude towards each other and solve their internal problems peacefully and unite themselves and not divide. They also need not put all of their eggs in one basket (China). It is time that people should stop corruption at all level. Rich people stop shopping in Dubai, London, New York and Paris and doing that they can save money and that money they should spend in Pakistan to help the local businesses and local economy.

Vivek (Indore) Jun 07, 2016 08:16am

"We still love you China" - Pakistanis

Umair Ansari Jun 07, 2016 08:22am

Pakistani Government officials need to talk china regarding this issue.

MQM Jun 07, 2016 09:02am

@Fazal Karim absolutely true. I think so what if some one preach day and night about peace and forgiveness but support violence and brutality in personal life. Different faith and Religions are invented for the goods of humanity. But human is not invented for the religion.

Salman Jun 07, 2016 09:10am

This is an internal policy of China and no one has a right to interfere in it.

Salman Jun 07, 2016 09:36am

@ABC There are no doubts...its a reality that india doesnt treat its minorities especially Muslims well.

SK Jun 07, 2016 09:38am

@thakur ji All weather friend is becoming more seasonal friend changing colors as per season. Pakistan is silent becos China is only friend left in the region. But Pakistan should take it up strongly with China otherwise China will serve as an example to other countries.

uchak Jun 07, 2016 09:46am

China is Pakistan's best friend. Pakistan should support China and all it's rulings. Maybe to counter this Pakistan should force non muslims to observe Ramzan fasts. Oh, there are hardly any non muslims in Pakistan. Then maybe, Pakistan could ask all it's muslims to observe Ramzan strictly.

Mukul Jun 07, 2016 09:46am

@Asad Yes and how?

Sandeep Jun 07, 2016 09:46am

@Hamza what about the treatment other communities get in Islamic countries or Muslim dominated countries? Never heard any voice from Muslims for theirs rights...

Mukul Jun 07, 2016 09:50am

@Skeptic what about human rights in Paksitan

deepak Jun 07, 2016 09:59am

Good move. Children should not be subjected to fasting and efficiency of government employees should not be lowered because of personal beliefs, as they are getting paid by the state...what is wrong with that.

bipin Jun 07, 2016 10:01am

@khan Why bring in relegion? We must move away from all and any relegion

Thiru Jun 07, 2016 11:02am

@Tarannum S Would you say this if any other country did it?

Himmat Jun 07, 2016 11:59am

China for sure knows how to guide the youth, if required by force, from age old practices to path of progress.

Ayaz Ali Jun 07, 2016 12:16pm

@سے Shaam (Hanafi) Absolutely right

Ankush Jun 07, 2016 02:39pm

Suppose a top level Pakistani delegate is on visit to China...will they be allowed to fast?

sky Jun 07, 2016 04:23pm

fasting is part of Ramadan. Pakistan should protest though they are allies

Jatt Jun 07, 2016 04:44pm

@Sumit Choudhary We think China can do what it likes in its own country and it is not our business.

Jatt Jun 07, 2016 04:45pm

@Jayakumar Good point, I agree.

Asad Jun 07, 2016 05:18pm

And meanwhile in India a Chief Minister from Tamilnadu directed Govt Officials to give rice to 3000 masjids for Ramzan for free of cost. Though India is our enemy country, still we have to accept that Hindus in Pakistan are in worst condition than Muslims in India, Indian Muslim get subsidy for Haj. Indian Muslim celebrates Diwali ani Ganapathi festival also. And vice versa Hindus participates in Rojas and in Eid celebrations. Also there are reservations for poor Muslims in India in education, jobs. And see what our friend country China is behaving with our Muslim brothers in China.

And china is using us to keep India engaged in negative activities so that India will not prosper , still Indian Economy is doing well, and what we are doing.? Keep kashmir with India do some agreements for Water, Energy, Education etc.

vishal Jun 07, 2016 05:40pm

@ABC Pakistan cannot oppose China

Ashutosh Jun 07, 2016 05:41pm

How stupid is it for china to ban religious activities!! China is THE worst violator of human rights. Feel sorry for the poor muslim brothers. Why is the world silent ? Why can't we stop all trades with China for the month of Ramadan? That will teach them.

S Chatterjee Jun 07, 2016 06:26pm

Very bad. How China can be friend with Pakistan?

S Chatterjee Jun 07, 2016 06:28pm

Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims in this world - elderly persons, sisters, brothers and children. I pray Almighty that everyone should live blissfully.

bina Jun 07, 2016 06:29pm

@ROHIT PANDEY I m proud of our government in india

Hassan Parvez Jun 07, 2016 07:52pm

@Asad You must be out of your mind. Do you really believe China can be pressurised in changing its state policy by Pakistan. Remember Pakistan heavily depends on China for its economy, defence and support in world politics. Due to its immature and wrong foreign policies, Pakistan has already alienated itself from all other countries in the region, except for China, Pakistan has no friends and you are suggesting that Pakistan should interfere in Chinese government internal policies.

Rizwan Jun 07, 2016 08:58pm

Pragmatic decision by China. Theologically nothing wrong since fasting is not compulsory for Ramazan. Government workers should not fast because it might reduce their efficiency. Students and minors should not fast because it is absolutely unhealthy for them. I wish we Muslims will realize someday soon that for real progress we need to sync our lifestyles and mindsets with that of the 21st century and not that of the 7th.

Farhan Jun 07, 2016 11:55pm

Chinese government should heed again on this matter and he should always look on impact before making any decisions.

Secular Pathan Jun 08, 2016 12:00am

Good, govt servants and minors should have full energy

Waheed khan Jun 08, 2016 12:16am

@ROHIT PANDEY Thankyou India jee

True Indian Jun 08, 2016 12:18am

If China is truly atheist, then why and how they allow Tibetans to celebrate buddhism ??? Why exception to Muslims only.

indian Jun 08, 2016 12:40am

We love Indian Muslim and support them for their celebration too.

adeel Jun 08, 2016 01:48am

we should think the actual concept of fasting and that is to sense the grieve of means to think and make efforts to equalize the society by doing economic justice (socialism).China has the ideology of socialism and is trying to keep up fulfilling the basic needs of Chinese people. sometimes rituals become tools to fundamentalise and divide the society and people may become victim of conspiracies made by some evil minds.the origin of such evil strategies would be centralized in that country which has had a bad reputation to divide & rule the nations...
so please carefully see the matter and realize the circumstances under which the Govt.of China has placed this condition.. I am also of the view of religious freedom but some time authorities has to consider insurgence factor. hope some one understand (religious freedom is good but in the alignment human integrity and prosperity...)

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 08, 2016 02:37am

@bina Feel proud of our Indian Constitution and the founding fathers' wisdom in drafting it.

A citizen in ANY COUNTRY is entitled to freedom of religion,speech and all the protection due to him and his life and property as a tax payer.

The more differences are sorted out peacefully, the better the country functions economically and socially.:):)

fatimaZ Jun 08, 2016 04:53am

every year the AFP sends the same news and it is not true situation in China. tthere is no such notice at all if you check government's website. the AFP is just telling fake story

Tiger Jun 08, 2016 07:42am

Just read one of the Indian state has declared 4 hour working for muslim brothers during the Ramadan fasting. Its optional to stay in office after 4 hours.

abdul sheikh Jun 08, 2016 08:23am

@Ahmad P What do you you believe in?

sf Jun 08, 2016 09:09am

Very simple, in China, country's progress comes first and thus religion has no place. Productivity and eficiency is the key to acheive that objective, since they feel fasting in Govt. jobs reduces eficiency, and also they dont want minors to fast or be forced to fast as the fasting may interfere in their school work and other activities as well as their growth.

Makes sense for them.

IBN E ASHFAQUE Jun 08, 2016 10:06am

No amount of oppression can desist muslims from following Islam.

IBN E ASHFAQUE Jun 08, 2016 10:11am

@ABC In India an MLA thrust food into the mouth of a fasting muslim employee at least Chinese have not gone that far.........nobody can match Indians in bigotry......

Sajjad Khan Jun 08, 2016 11:35am

@ali But this substandard is morally, socially and technologically light years ahead of you. Jun 08, 2016 11:41am

We should be grateful for the freedom where we can enjoy our religion

America is best place to practice .. thank you for all of the hard work and sacrifice to keep everyone free

Ashraf Quli Jun 08, 2016 01:07pm

@AB You really think they will dare do that?

Ashraf Quli Jun 08, 2016 01:11pm

@RAJA CHILL Oh really? What about CPEC?

SacB Jun 08, 2016 01:37pm

The best treatment! Awesome!

Waqar Jun 08, 2016 01:38pm

Don't your noise in their Internal issue. We should focus on our people and country..We are not responsible for whole world..This attitude spoil name the of our country...

SacB Jun 08, 2016 01:39pm

@ali then why you guys depended on China? Be self dependent and give them a strong reply. Simple.

Mouli Jun 08, 2016 02:00pm

It is wrong to ban fasting. But they can deny special privileges if employee demands citing fasting.

Arif Jun 08, 2016 02:48pm

This ban doesnt mean anything. No one can force me to eat or drink when i dont want to.

Pra aksha Jun 08, 2016 03:17pm

@vijay Weldone! We all Indians of all faith, with our Government wish all the Muslim brethren Happy Ramadhan!!!

niks Jun 08, 2016 03:40pm

@Sony he would still have something to say.. dont give importance to someone who is looking for one

Harish Jun 08, 2016 03:44pm

china knows very well how to deal with Muslims who have been exploiting the democracies in Europe and USA. Change the mindset, be liberals or soon will face same consequences in Europe & America as well. Muslims have been seen as threat to all countries, where they reside and where they migrate.

ABDUL MUQTADIR Jun 08, 2016 04:33pm

Pakistani political, religious leaders and army need to take notice as they are the same people running anti-India music but singing the song of China Pakistan Friendship.

ahsan Jun 08, 2016 04:33pm

Good steps. They should be barred if it effects their performance and health.

Reader Jun 08, 2016 04:47pm

Politics supersedes religion, in China, and in rest of the world. Even in Saudi Arabia, Clerics are chosen by the State, and give sermons as per the State's wish. Laws have to be followed, and laws are made by lawmakers, i.e. politicians, and this is the way it should be. China knows Pakistan well and knows the havoc caused by violence, hatred, hypocrisy, bigotry in the name of religion. China has a massive population, and has to keep control, otherwise there will be anarchy, as we have in Pakistan, which they do want.

Ijaz Jun 08, 2016 04:59pm


"This ban doesnt mean anything. No one can force me to eat or drink when i dont want to."

In China and other totalitarian states believe me they can!

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Jun 08, 2016 05:09pm

@Asad "Pakistan should play role to ease up & end such maltreatment by china on local muslims." The responsibility best belongs to King Abdullah and Sauidi Arabia, the custodian and citadel of Islam who are also the leaders of huge Islamic coalition comprising 34Islamic countries.

prashant Jun 08, 2016 06:08pm

@ABC Very well Said. Furhter to this, I will say, minorities in India having full freedom, no fear.

Gokarn Jun 09, 2016 12:10am

Sentiments of Pakistan's Muslims are understandable. But everybody should take this point also that you have to live in other country according to their rules and traditions. China is communist ruled country and if it think that day long fast during summer can effect performance of Govt employees and harmful to health of children then will take steps accordingly. Keep one thing mind China had not banned from fasting totally.

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 09, 2016 04:38am

@Rizwan "" I wish we Muslims will realise someday soon that for a real progress we need to sync our lifestyles and mindsets with that of the 21st century and not that of the 7th.""

That is one great idea!:):)

ravi vancouver Jun 09, 2016 10:21am

@Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Saudis have no face to talk to China in this subject of discrimination against Muslims as they also don't allow church and other public practice of any non-Muslim religions. First they have to practice permission for religious freedom in its own country before asking other countries to do that.