The ethnic minority Muslim families in China’s north-western region of Xinjiang are being forced by the Chinese authorities to hand in religious items including the Qur’an copies and prayer mats, Mailonline reported.
They face severe punishment if they are discovered, the report added.
“According to Radio Free Asia, reports have emerged from Kashgar, Hotan and other regions of similar practices starting last week.
The spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress group, Dilxat Raxit said they received a notification saying that every single ethnic Uyghur must hand in any Islam-related items from their own home,” the report said.
Copies of the Qur’an and related items must be handed into the government authorities, and there will be notices being broadcast via WeChat, China’s most popular social media app, the report added.
The Chinese authorities have already banned displaying of Islamic identities like beard and veil in the region. Recently, the authorities have put out a list of names that were banned in the region.
Recently, Pakistan carried a joint air force drill in the region with China.
“The air forces of China and Pakistan have deterred terrorist forces with joint training exercise in northwest China,” said Zhan Houshun, air force commander of the Western Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
The drill maintains national security and protects people of the two countries, he was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.