East Turkestan: Chinese Muslims Press for Saudi Visas in Pakistan
Wearing skull caps and long tunics, many elderly men blocked the entrance to the embassy on a tree-lined residential street in Islambad, while others sat cross-legged on the road shouting verses from Islam’s holy book.
Women were lined up behind them and some had laid their beddings on the pavement and the grassy central road reservation.
“We have been trying to get visas for more than a month but they are not giving us,” Dawood Mohammad, an 80-year-old man, said.
“We have no political aims. We just want to go for Haj,” he said. The pilgrimage is due to be performed in January.
The protesters said that Saudi embassy had refused to grant visas on the advice of the Chinese government.
A Chinese embassy spokesman said Saudi and Chinese governments had agreed in May that Chinese Muslims would not be given visas in any third country.
“We have asked them to go back to
The protesters say they have been getting their visas in
Most of the protesters were ethnic Uighurs who came from the Xinjiang province in western