Did China actually destroy an 800 year old mosque?

RM Iqbal 06:06 PM | 25 Apr, 2019
Did China actually destroy an 800 year old mosque?
BEIJING – A Chinese law student has clarified his previous tweet in which he had claimed that the 800-year-old Keriya Etika (Aitika) Mosque was demolished by Chinese authorities.

Shawn Zhang has now gathered more information on Keriya Mosque and found that his tweet could be misleading and need some clarification as the prayer place was still in place.

Shawn recently shared some Bellingcat verified satellite images and suggested that only the north gatehouse of Keriya mosque was demolished but the prayer hall remains intact to this day.

North gatehouse which was razed to the ground

While giving details of the mosque he suggested that “a more accurate description of KeriyaEtika Mosque should be: “its alleged 800 year old prayer hall remains intact but its 1990s rebuilt north gatehouse was demolished.”

The Chinese law student detailed the history of the mosque sharing that an article on the website of China’s Bureau of National Religious Affair Administration suggested that Keriya Etika Mosque dated back to 1200 when it was built during Republic Era (1911~1949), with a major repair and renovation in the 1990s.

Contrary to the Bureau of National Religious Affair Administration, the Map of Xinjiang Historical Buildings, published by Tsinghua University Press claimed that this mosque was built in 1665 and has undergone 6 repairs - if even this account is taken as valid, the mosque can be referred to a place of historical importance.

Shawn shared satellite images according to which the whole north gatehouse of the mosque was completely demolished, whereas the main prayer hall was all intact along with the south gatehouse which was still present.

He also shared pictures to differentiate between the two buildings; the prayer hall and the demolished gatehouse.

About the north gatehouse, he said that it was “rebuilt” during 1997–1998, adding that he believed that although there was a sign hanged on the north gatehouse which suggested the gatehouse as a protected cultural heritage but only the prayer hall was protected.

Further, Shawn shared pictures of four medium to large size mosques i.e Artux Great mosque, Kargilik mosque, AksuMoques and the Cherchen mosque which were partly or completely demolished in Xinjiang.

Satellite images have revealed that Artux Great mosque gatehouse was also demolished.

Kargilik mosque major parts, including gatehouse and some halls, have been demolished as shown below.

Furthermore, AksuMoques is completely gone as depicted below.

Moreover, major parts of the Cherchen Mosque are demolished.

The confusion surfaced after scores of social media users and a Twitter handle @SaveUighurUSA shared a story that the mosque was razed to the ground, drawing an analogy with the still standing Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The article which the tweet pointed to was published by TheWeek in which the same Canada-based law student was quoted who had initially disseminated the fake news that the entire structure was demolished contrary to the facts explained above by himself later.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs209,600 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220


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