Pakistani President, General Zia Ul-Haq, met a delegation of Chinese Muslims on Thursday (12 July) at his official residence in Rawalpindi.
Pakistani President, General Zia Ul-Haq, met a delegation of Chinese Muslims on Thursday (12 July) at his official residence in Rawalpindi. The five-man delegation represents more than ten million people in China who practice the Islamic faith.
SYNOPSIS: The Chinese Muslim delegation was led by Haji Ilyas Shah Siasi (Haji Ilyas Shen Xcaxi). General Zia Ul-Haq welcomed the group saying they came not only as representatives of a friendly country, but as fellow Moslems.
The Moslems faith first reached China in the first century of its existence -- around 713 A.D. According to the delegation meeting General Zia, Moslems can be found today in most Chinese constitution guarantees their freedom to perform religious rituals according to the faith.
General Zia was presented with several gifts by the delegation. These included a copy of the Moslem holy book, the Koran, in Chinese. A scroll with Chinese characters was interpreted for General Zia by a member of the Chinese delegation.
Pakistan is one of several Moslem countries that is currently attempting to increase the influence of Islamic faith and law in day to day life.