China punishes official for not smoking near fellow Muslims accusing him of being uncommitted to fighting extremism

These kids are clearly dedicated to fighting Muslim extremism.

Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region have punished a local official for declining to smoke in front of Muslim elders.

The act was seen that as a sign that the official was insufficiently committed to the region’s fight against religious extremism, according to a government report and state media Tuesday.

Jelil Matniyaz, the Communist Party head of a village in Hotan Prefecture, was demoted for ‘not daring’ to smoke in front of religious figures, said the report, issued Saturday and reproduced by official newspapers and websites.