Pakistan while underscoring the importance of not interfering in the domestic affairs of sovereign states. has said that Hong Kong’s affairs are an internal matter of China, Dawn newspaper reported.
The country made the comments while speaking on behalf of 55 countries at a UN panel, in response to a statement by Germany urging China to respect the rights of Uighur Muslims and expressing concern about the political situation in Hong Kong.
The declaration made on behalf of 39 countries called on Beijing to uphold the rights and freedoms of the residents of Hong Kong amid growing allegations of political repression following the imposition of a new national security law, according to Al Jazeera.
“The Hong Kong special administrative region is an inalienable part of China, and Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs that brook no interference by foreign forces,” Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Munir Akram told the General Assembly’s Third Committee on Tuesday.
In his remarks, Mr. Akram named the countries which had authorised him to speak on their behalf, and said they supported China’s “one country, two systems” policy and stressed that legislative power on national security in any country rests with the state.
“The enactment of the law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong is a legitimate measure that ensures the ‘one country, two systems’ [policy] goes steady and enduring, and that Hong Kong enjoys long term prosperity and stability,” he said.
“The legitimate rights and freedoms of Hong Kong’s residents can be better exercised in a safe environment.”