Pakistan expresses concern over Myanmar violence

Published: July 26, 2012

Foreign Ministry spokesperson says there are reports that things have improved in Myanmar. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expressed concern on Thursday over the recent ethnic violence in Myanmar, where dozens of people – mostly Muslims – have died.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Moazzam Ali Khan, during the weekly news briefing, said that “we are concerned about the situation but there are reports that things have improved there.”

The spokesman hoped that the authorities in Myanmar would take necessary steps to control the situation.

Recent clashes in western Myanmar between Buddhist ethnic Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya have left dozens dead and tens of thousands homeless.

Last week, Amnesty International said hundreds of people, mostly men and boys, have been detained in sweeps of areas heavily populated by the Rohingya.

‘Terrorist sanctuaries’

Khan also told reporters that Pakistan has urged Afghanistan and the US-led international forces to take decisive action against ‘terrorist sanctuaries’ that are being used by militants to launch repeated cross border attacks on Pakistan.

“Islamabad had taken up the issue of cross border incursions with the Afghan government as well as Isaf and the Nato commander,” he said.

“We hope that some concrete steps will be taken by the Afghan government as well as the Isaf,” Khan added, referring to more than a dozen deadly cross-border assaults that killed over 100 people including civilians and soldiers in recent months.

Pakistan had earlier alleged that Mullah Fazlullah and other militants, who fled the army’s counter terrorism operations in Swat and Bajaur, have found refuge across the border in Afghanistan.

MoU on NATO supply

Commenting on the Nato supply deal, the spokesperson said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to regulate Nato supply to Afghanistan will be signed soon.

However, he did not provide further details saying that the new deal would be in line with the recommendations approved by the parliament in April this year.

Reader Comments (49)

  • Umer
    Jul 26, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Height of hypocrisy. Pakistan should first stop legal and conditional persecuting of its people before condemning anyone else. Pot calling the kettle black.

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  • Imran Haider
    Jul 26, 2012 - 5:37PM

    How would our Foreign Ministry respond if Myanmar retorts our concerns by asking about what Pakistan is doing to curb violence against its Shia, Qadiani, and Christian population?

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  • Pinky
    Jul 26, 2012 - 5:38PM

    what if Myanmar expresses concern over violence in Balochistan??
    i might be wrong but i think first we should set our own house in order before donning the preacher’s clothes :/Recommend

  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 26, 2012 - 5:50PM

    First show some concerns as to what is happening to Ahmedis, Shias and other minorities in your Country, than go and be all concerned about others !

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  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Jul 26, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Why i s Pakistan become Tekedar of the entire Muslim world.What is OIC doing; what are about 60 other Muslim countries doing
    Pakistan should look internally and solve problems within the country

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  • Awans
    Jul 26, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Where is Arab Community now ???. Arab media is silent like Western Media. The whole world is a Hypocrite and nothing else. From Assam Riots to this issue look the silence in international media. Also bye the way where is so called Ummat Muslima????. It seems Ummat Muslima is so busy in Sehar and Aftar parties and trying new dishes that they dont have any time to look around. Recommend

  • Dushmann
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:03PM

    Height of hypocrisy, yes, but not because Pakistan’s minorities are persecuted; but because these people are un-invited east Pakistani, non-Myanmarese immigrants that neither Myanmar nor Bangladesh wants. So if Pakistan is so concerned, call them to Pakistan (or Bangladesh) where they belong and give them citizenship. In fact it is their right.
    And stop portraying the criminals as the victims, just because they belong to your Ummah
    http://witnesshr.blogspot.in/2012/07/rohingya-lynch-mobs-have-been-involved.html

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  • Shayan
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:12PM

    @Umer,Imran Haider,Pinky, Hedgefunder

    Shame on you people. What is wrong is wrong and people are dying needlessly in myanmar. This report is not about ahmeddis or christians. Its about the atrocities being committed there and to express concern is the least we can do.

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  • sohail
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:18PM

    Pot calling the kettle black

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  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:20PM

    @Shayan:
    So the atrocities commited on the Home Front are different, i suppose?
    As they have been Legalised by flawed politicians and Army !
    Do note that these people are not citizens of Myanmar nor are they being acknowledged by Bangladesh !
    Send some relief planes and uplift them and settle them in your own cauldron !

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:34PM

    @Shayan who writes

    “Shame on you people. What is wrong is wrong and people are dying needlessly in myanmar. This report is not about ahmeddis or christians. Its about the atrocities being committed there and to express concern is the least we can do.”

    Your government never raised an eyebrow for the inhuman attrocities committed by Taliban in Afghanistan.

    Forget the past.

    What about Syria? More Muslims are being killed in Syria than in Myanmar.

    Your government doesn’t consider the wrongs committed by Muslims as wrong.Recommend

  • 123
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:35PM

    Killing anywhere is wrong and must be condemned. Be critical as much as you people can, I don’t care.

    Killing of innocent people, be it Muslims, Hindus, Budhists, Christians, Jews or anyone, is unacceptable in Islam. As much as we condemn Islamic militants for killing innocent people (both Muslims & Non-Muslims), we should be condemning this genocide in Burma/Myanmer.

    What an irony that we are used to of seeing massacres and killings so much that it doesn’t matter for people anymore. No ones loses a sleep over any of such happenings. And if someone raises a voice against that, we jump to criticise them. Is this what we are teaching to our kids? That just be insensitive no matter what? No wondor why elderly parents and relatives are left to die in elderly homes or thrown in a barren quarters of their homes by today’s crop.

    For all the Muslims who are criticising that Pakistan should stop being the thekedar of Muslims, just read the Quran first. Killings in Burma are as much condenmable as much as killing in Pakistan or for that matter anywhere.

    Its good the Pakistan raised a voice when our preachers of democracy around the globe are just watching the show!

    Take Pakistan out of the equation, how many of you who claim to be human loving liberals or religious have raised the voice against this massacre?

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  • 123
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:40PM

    @Hegdefunder:

    Do you even know the history? If you know nothing, then atleast keep quiet. That is better than showing how ignorant you are.

    How convinient it is to say that these people are not citizens. They were born and raised there. Their generations are settled there since centuries. Now if the majority does not WANT to accept them as citizens, that does not take their right to claim to be from the place where they were born, their fathers were born, their grandfathers were born.

    Shame on you, your thinking!

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  • Imran Con
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @Awans:
    When was the last time the West touched a Muslim topic without Muslims themselves still finding a way to condemn them for it? There have been a number of times before this current war that the US alone has come to the defense of helpless Muslims and all they get for it is grief. Take care of it yourselves instead of looking towards the West with one hand out and a gun hidden behind your back in the other hand.

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  • Umer
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:50PM

    @123:
    Hindus have been in this area since before Muslims yet they are not considered citizens in Pakistan. Only recently after decades were they given the right to have ID cards and right to register marriages after intervention by SC. Please don’t give lectures on humanity to others when you yourself don’t follow it.

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  • Fahad Raza
    Jul 26, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Yeah its about time a month after the even . Pak FM wakes up..

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  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 26, 2012 - 7:02PM

    @123:
    Here is little lesson for you, as to their origins !
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohingya_people

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  • Anu
    Jul 26, 2012 - 7:06PM

    pakistan should stay away from this.it is not necessary that we try to protect all muslims of the world.how many muslims support us in our struggle!!!

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  • Anu
    Jul 26, 2012 - 7:09PM

    hey hedgefunder look at the ethnic violence in india.atrocities in kashmir.Recommend

  • Anu
    Jul 26, 2012 - 7:12PM

    @Dushmann:
    they migrated from east pakistan bcz india created problems in east pakistan.as india created the problem so india should solve it now.

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  • Arya
    Jul 26, 2012 - 7:19PM

    @123: “Now if the majority does not WANT to accept them as citizens, that does not take their right to claim to be from the place where they were born”

    Forget Hindus, even Pakistani Shias are not accepted by the majority Pakistanis. They are seeking asylum all over the world. In a way, Saudis are better and unambiguous in the sense that they hardy speak about human right violation anywhere in the world, even if the victims are Muslims, and expect same thing from the world about whatever they do with their population in SA

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  • wma
    Jul 26, 2012 - 7:33PM

    No offense but I have to tell people of Pakistan about this.
    First I admit that there are Islam-phobic in our country like other nations. This is because of violent news around the world everyday. Also because destroying of Buddha Statute in Afghanistan by Taliban . Now you angry because people treat your Muslim brother badly. What about other ? Should they get angry over destroying of their lord’s statute and feel that they are under attack?
    Now what happen in Burma, Assam (India) is illegal immigration problem. There are community clashes and yes some official took side with own people. My question is, this kind of things not happening in Pakistan?
    So if you want Islam want to be respected by the world, start doing good, tolerant and prosperous model country yourself first.
    So stop blaming and threatening other country. We are not the west. We value our country, our moral value and our culture. We will not trade these values with development and greed.
    We will protect these values generation by generations.

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  • Indian Muslim
    Jul 26, 2012 - 7:36PM

    You call Pakistani Ahmedia as non-muslim. You are discriminate against Shias and Hindus.. You keep quite against the chinese massacre of muslim in xinxiang.. who gave rights to you hypocrites you to talk about burmese muslims.. Invite them and give them refuge in pakistan if you are so concerned about them.

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  • ufaquarian
    Jul 26, 2012 - 7:40PM

    @Hedgefunder – how does the article u shared dispute that they are not citizens of Burma ? How does it make the actions of the Burmese authorities legitimate ?

    In the same article sad to read ,
    “A number of monks’ organizations that played vital role in Burma’s struggle for democracy have taken measures to block any humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya community” I always thought Buddhist were peace loving people and Gautham Budha teachings revolved around peace / happiness.

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  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:02PM

    @ufaquarian:
    well in any society, when resources are scarce and the majority have power they will exercise them !
    We have seen this in Afghanistan and are seeing daily in today’s Pakistan too !
    What’s different here is that these people originate from former east pakistan and are trying to seek refuge there, however the Banglas also don’t want them, hence this tragic situation, not pleasant but rest assure that what’s going on daily in Pakistan against the minorities is also very tragic and issue here is that one should sort out their own house before advising others !

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  • someone
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Shame on Hedgefunder, Umer, Arya, Imran Con and other fanatics commenting here….its a shame that they do not for a second think that its human beings who are being killed in Myanmar and this is being supported by the GOVT of Burma. In Pakistan, the government and law enforcement agencies have never done any genocide of non muslims. Amazed that the non muslim fanatics completly lose their mental ability to think in their blind hatred against muslims!! If your families are in such a situation only then you will know! Just keep quiet if you cannot say anything reasonable! Recommend

  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:19PM

    @someone:
    So i suppose GOP and Law enforcements agencies are simply spectators as to what happens to the minorities in Pakistan ?
    Get real ! first sort out your own house before jumping on someone else’s band wagon !Recommend

  • Somesh
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Stupidity at its peak…

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  • Umer
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:23PM

    @someone:

    its human beings who are being killed in Myanmar and this is being supported by the GOVT of Burma.

    Its human being that are being killed in Pakistan under Blasphemy law. Pot can’t call a kettle black. And if it can then Burma should also complain to Pakistan about its treatment of Baluchis, among others.

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  • Dushmann
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:30PM

    I feel sorry about violence victims on BOTH SIDES. We are only complaining about one sided Jihadi propaganda that paints the Rohingyas as poor innocent victims and poor Myanmarese people as evil. And the right solution for this is peaceful migration of illegal immigrants to Bangladesh/Pakistan. I would like to contribute if international organizations want to raise funds for their rehabilitation in Bangladesh or Pakistan.

    In Pakistan, the government and law enforcement agencies have never done any genocide of non muslims.

    but what do mean by Government of Pakistan? Pakistan is ruled by Army and Non state actors (and Judiciary?). Recommend

  • shahzeb
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @Umer:
    u cant compare a one or two annicident with genocide of muslim in miyanmar

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  • 123
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:47PM

    @Hegdefunder:

    Didn’t that article say that they came in 8th century? What a useless discussion this is getting but seriously, one has to be a citizen of any place since the advent of mankind?

    What a hate monger one can become!

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  • 123
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:49PM

    So for all the wrongs in Pakistan, killings of Muslims in Myanmar can not be condenmed. Shame on all the critics!

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Good decision! We being the self-proclaimed leaders of the ummah, have obligation to defend our muslim brothers in burma. No other muslims country is willing to lead the Ummah…look at the links below…our arab brothers clearly indicating that they are not ready to lead the ummah, unlike pakistan.

    http://www.denverpost.com/portlet/article/html/imageDisplay.jsp?ontentItemRelationshipId=4522083Recommend

  • FactCheck
    Jul 26, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Shouldn’t you be more concerned about violence in Pakistan?

    It is better to keep your mouth shut on occassions.

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  • Umer
    Jul 26, 2012 - 9:35PM

    @shahzeb:

    u cant compare a one or two annicident with genocide of muslim in miyanmar

    What genocide in Burma? Only 100 dead is no genocide. More Muslims get killed in Pakistan every day than anywhere else.

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  • Arya
    Jul 26, 2012 - 9:37PM

    @someone:
    Nobody approves killing including that of Muslims. We are only discussing Pakistan ( to borrow from Shahzad Chaudhry) ‘”cherry picking” Muslim victims to show its solidarity. It is OK with atrocities on Muslims in China, fine with Syrian govt promise to gas its own population and atrocities and killing of Kurdish people etc etc. It is selective discrimination of Muslim victims.

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  • Azad
    Jul 26, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Couple of critics continuously calling killing of minorities of Shia, Ahmadis etc.
    Please correct yourself Shias are not considered as minorities as they are hardly few percent less then Sunni, but they may be using killing as a political tool for asylum purposes.
    If you go through the news you will find worship places attacked by Sunni and killed Shia, and at the same time Shia attacked Masjids and killed as many Sunnis, hence Shia are not minority or does not considered or act as minority, as minorities seen as innocent harmless in the world.
    As far as Ahmadis concerned they are declared as non-Muslims, and were told not to call themselves as Muslims because they do not follow the Islam as described, and there are hardly killings of Ahmadis, but they have widely used any incident for the purpose of political asylum in different countries.

    Most of the killings of different sects being used by the groups/individuals for gaining monetary benefits from different groups and unfortunately countries including Muslim countries.

    Islam says killing of a human being is like killing of humanity, and it does not specify killing of Muslim.

    Now, as far as Pakistan’s Govt. concerned, She should call/request the so-called champion of democracy of Burma, as she was Specially awarded by our Mr. President (reason best known to him) to atleast open her mouth for the genocide of humanity in Burma.

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  • Sandip
    Jul 27, 2012 - 12:31AM

    @Azad: “As far as Ahmadis concerned they are declared as non-Muslims, and were told not to call themselves as Muslims because they do not follow the Islam as described”.
    Islam as described? Oh, you meant to say Islam as prescribed. Got it.

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  • Faraz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 2:13AM

    @Hegdefunder:
    I am your biggest fan here and to all, I am a regular Pakistan Muslim. You speak common sense which unfortunately most people here can’t comprehend. Their irrational, very emotional (to the point of being ill-logical) comments in reply to your’s don’t make much sense at all. But keep it up, we need rational voices here too!

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  • Faraz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 2:20AM

    @123:
    If someone intrudes in your house, wants to hurt your parents (God forbid), hurts your parents, and if by chance the same thing is happening in your neighbour’s house, whose parents you will be more concerned about?? Yours? or you will just abondon them and care about your neighbour’s parents?? Seems like you will only care for your neighbour’s parents. I DO NOT care what is happening in Myanmar if I have my own troubles to sort out first. Our people are dying and you are crying about Myanmar!! How can we protest what is happening in some foreign country when we as a people fail to protect each other?? I only care that minorities and nobody is hurt is Pakistan, get the point??

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  • Faraz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 2:28AM

    @Azad:
    “Couple of critics continuously calling killing of minorities of Shia, Ahmadis etc.
    Please correct yourself Shias are not considered as minorities as they are hardly few percent less then Sunni, but they may be using killing as a political tool for asylum purposes

    Appalling comment, so what if Shias are not a minority, have some SHAME for those innocent people who have died, whose sons/husbands/fathers have died!! Nobody wants to die for monetary benefits or to get asylum!!! just shocking to see how insensitive we have become to our own people yet care more about Muslims in Burma??? Don’t know whether to laugh or cry, want to bury my head in sand though for sure after seeing such awful comments. Recommend

  • freedom fighter
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:36AM

    Pls do not fight and better to pray for Burma Muslims. Any religion is not given permission to destroy any humans of other religion.This is a big political issue from Burma political leaders, one leader has told that we do not need Muslims in our country.

    But all people and all leaders are keeping quite. Wwwwwwwwwwwhy because Muslims are being killed not any other religion.The leaders are not saying the other religion peoples that do not kill Muslims.But instead they are saying to kill Muslims.

    What had the Muslims done the other religion that they are trying to kill Muslims.My prayers are with them.Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Jul 27, 2012 - 12:10PM

    This is a human right issue and Pakistan is right in condemning Myanmar. However, Pakistan should also understand that this was a two-way violence where a lot of Burmese were also killed and their home burnt. There is no point in doing propaganda on social media by inflating the number of actual official death from 90 to 30000. This year 800 Christians have been killed in Nigeria by Boko Haram, tens of churches have been destroyed. There is also large scale persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt. However, there is no condemnation of these incidents and no one in the media is talking about it. Is it because Muslim blood is more precious than non-Muslims?

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  • Hunter punter
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Pakistan should be the new “thekedar” of the muslim world because it has “bums”!!
    whether the rest of the muslim countries bother about pakistan or not!
    an old saying…never box out of your weight category… but pakistan ofcourse doesnt understand that.
    Why pakistanis are quiet about Syria? because saudis and turks will give them one stern look and Pak Foreign office will start quivering!

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  • Anjum
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:30PM

    Pak is getting itself established and we’ll get strong enough to help others in need. of course Pak must express concerns of matters that concerns Pakistanis. Indians and like pls focus your attention on Indiaand help correct matters there. A factor 20-30 times worse is happening there. Afterward you are welcome to criticise and be negative here. Recommend

  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 27, 2012 - 9:20PM

    @Anjum:
    Pak is getting itself established and we’ll get strong enough to help others in need

    First learn to support yourselves without Aid from other Nations and pay your Debts, than come back and talk about “getting established and being strong” !
    There are numourous problems that you should focus on first, Load shedding, Law & Order, Education, Basic health and social services structure etc……

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  • fatemeh
    Jul 28, 2012 - 1:28AM

    the bigest problem is that we are not together,it s not important that violence happens in which country or situation but it sth is importan that we have to against all of them.
    please start to have useful reaction infront of all violenc,please!!!!

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  • Saleem Ahmed Khan
    Jul 28, 2012 - 4:09AM

    Pakistan’s moral position does not allows to raise voice for the muslim of Burma. What the state of Pakistan is doing with Balochis is shameful. Burma can counter our protest over extra judicial killings and kidnappings in Balochistan. We should make our own house in order before going to help others.

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