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Meanwhile at the Boao Forum, “Musharraf assured President Hu that Pakistan would not harbour Muslim separatists from Xinjiang”

Battling separatists: Musharraf assured Hu that Pakistan would not harbour Muslim separatists from China’s western-most Xinjiang region. Pakistan stood resolutely against terrorism and did not enable anti-China forces — including ethnic Uighurs seeking independence for Xinjiang — to use Pakistan as a base, CCTV quoted Musharraf as saying. Hu said Pakistan and China must battle the “three forces” of extremism, ethnic separatism and terrorism. The Daily Times

On one hand Munir Akram boldly announces Pakistan’s support for the Universal Declaration on the Right to Self-Determination, and on the other his boss assures the Chinese President that Pakistan wont support the Uighur right to self determination for Xinjiang. So much for Pakistan’s championing of the rights of the oppressed and the Muslims.

I also noted that China welcomed Musharraf as an ‘old friend’. He is also Bush’s ‘good friend’. An interesting circle of friends indeed.