September 10 , 2017

Pakistan urges Myanmar to stop excesses against Rohingya Muslims

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Saturday summoned the ambassador of Myanmar, U. Win Myint, to the Foreign Office to lodge a strong protest over the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. The foreign secretary impressed upon the ambassador to stop the violence and provide Rohingya Muslims with security and peace.

Earlier, Pakistan told the United Nations that Rohingya Muslims were “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities”. The UN says nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, with reporters pointing to murder and rape of Rohingya Muslims who have beendenied citizenship of their own land by the Myanmar authorities.

“Effective measures should be taken to prevent the recurrence of such violence, providing security to Rohingya Muslims and upholding their right to live and move without fear and discrimination”, the foreign secretary was quoted in a statement released by her office.

The foreign secretary urged Myanmar ambassador U. Win Myint that his government should undertake urgent investigations into recent violence against the Rohingya Muslims and
hold accountable those involved in the serious crimes.

“As part of durable settlement of the problem, there should be swift implementation of the recommendations of Kofi Annan Commission which calls for urgent and sustained action to prevent violence, maintain peace, foster reconciliation, assure unhindered humanitarian access and address the issue of citizenship”, she added.

The envoy assured the foreign secretary of conveying the concerns of the government and people of Pakistan to the Myanmar government.

AFP report: The UN braces for a further surge of arrivals in Bangladesh with tens of thousands more believed to have been displaced in Rakhine, fleeing burning villages, army and ethnic Rakhine mobs whom Rohingya refugees accuse of attacking civilians.

As Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi disappoints humanity, saying that all reports are fake and misinformation, millions have appealed that she should be stripped of her 1991 peace prize. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Nobel Laureate Malala Yusufzai has made several appeals to Aung Kyi to protect her own citizens from brutal force. Another Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has also criticised the ruthlessness of Suu Kyi.

Last year Pakistan had taken up the case of Rohingya Muslims when Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told an OIC meeting at the UN that, “the international community as a whole, and the OIC in particular, has to come together and play its due role for timely, effective and eventually a permanent solution to this problem”.

India, with a huge Muslim population of 172 million, is the only country in the region, siding with Sui Kyi, as was demonstrated by the recent visit to Myanmar by Prime Minister Modi.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani lawyer Barrister Iqbal Jafri has submitted an application to the International Court of Justice seeking registration of a case against Myanmar ruling party head Aung San Suu Kyi and religious leader Ashen Waratho for their alleged involvement in killing of Rohingya Muslims.



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