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Chinese embassy official in Pakistan faces backlash for ‘Hijab off’ tweet  

Zhang Heqing, China’s Cultural Counsellor at the Chinese embassy in Pakistan, courted controversy after tweeting a video of a girl dancing with the caption: “Off your hijab, let me see your eyes”.

Zhang Heqing, China’s Cultural Counsellor at the Chinese embassy in Pakistan, deleted the tweet soon after several users pulled him up for insulting Islam.

China’s Cultural Counsellor at the Chinese embassy in Pakistan, Zhang Heqing, faced a backlash from people in Pakistan for tweeting a video of a dancing Chinese girl, with the caption: “Off your hijab, let me see your eyes.#Xinjiang dance.”

It didn’t take long for Twitter users in Pakistan to ask Heqing to take down the tweet immediately.

The Chinese embassy realised the tweet had not gone down well with the people of the country and deleted it.

Scores of Twitter users in Pakistan slammed Heqing for “insulting” Islam. One even said that the tweet might strain China-Pakistan relations.

“This is an awful statement. But If Chinese goes on like these Islamophobic statements than Pak-China relation will not end on good terms…But we must realise that stupid people like him are there who want to create misunderstandings. Better to reports him to Chinese government[sic],” the Twitter user said.

Another Twitter user reminded Heqing that Hijab is very much part of “our Islamic values” and that ridiculing the same while holding a key position in Pakistan is shocking.

One user told Heqing that he had “crossed the red line” with his “derogatory” tweet towards Muslim women, hoping that the Pakistan foreign ministry takes up the issue.

“@zhang_heqin sir know your place. We respect China as a country .But you crossed the Red line with your derogatory tweet towards Muslim women. You should be ashamed of your self & issue an apology for your shameful tweet . I hope @ForeignOfficePk take up this issue [sic],” the tweet read.

Hijab is a traditional headscarf worn by some Muslim women.


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