Pakistan urges Myanmar to ensure safety of persecuted Rohingya Muslims

Published: September 3, 2017
A woman walks among debris after fire destroyed shelters at a camp for internally displaced Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine State near Sittwe in Myanmar. PHOTO: REUTERS

A woman walks among debris after fire destroyed shelters at a camp for internally displaced Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine State near Sittwe in Myanmar. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its concerns over reports of the increasing number of deaths and forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and urged its government to take action to ensure their safety.

“Such reports, if confirmed, are a source of serious concern and anguish on the eve of Eidul Azha,” the Foreign Office said in a statement released on September 3.

Rohingya Muslims flee as more than 2,600 houses burned in Myanmar’s Rakhine

According to a report released by UNHCR, more than 27,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Myanmar in recent days as corpses of people who drowned in desperate attempts to cross the border river washed up on Bangladeshi soil on Friday.

Massacres, communal violence and the systematic torching of villages by security forces – as well as by militants – have further amplified tensions, raising fears that the situation is spinning out of control.

The foreign ministry has urged authorities in Myanmar to investigate reports of massacre, and hold those involved accountable and take necessary measures to protect the rights of Rohingya Muslims.

27,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar as bodies wash up: UN

In line with its consistent position on protecting the rights of Muslim minorities worldwide, the ministry assured that they will work with the international community in particular the OIC to express solidarity with Rohingya Muslims and to work towards safeguarding their rights.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • XoF
    Sep 3, 2017 - 6:14PM

    Great. 1st nation to speak up rest.Recommend

  • Masoom
    Sep 3, 2017 - 7:02PM

    USA not attacking north korea because he is nuclear power but attacked Iraq by telling lie to UN that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction!Recommend

  • Sajith
    Sep 3, 2017 - 7:25PM

    Myanmar scared Recommend

  • Hmm
    Sep 3, 2017 - 7:51PM

    Why Pakistan doesn’t take them. Every time Pakistan talks about ummahRecommend

  • tobefactual
    Sep 3, 2017 - 9:46PM

    Instead of false sympathy, why not Pakistan offer asylum to these fellow Muslims?Recommend

  • Venki
    Sep 3, 2017 - 11:23PM

    Being only nuclear leader of Islamic nations, Either Pakistan should send their Army to Mayanmar or Take them to Pakistan. Pakistan should act immediately. There are thousands of muslims waiting for Pakistan’s help. Recommend

  • kp
    Sep 4, 2017 - 12:18AM

    Pakistan should give them refuge while in actual opposite is happening India gave refuge to them, shame on Narendra modi to milk the snakesRecommend

  • Faizan
    Sep 4, 2017 - 12:25PM

    Its good but the message should have been stronger as the persecution is not acceptable. We should do everything to help the hapless rohingyaRecommend

  • Hasan
    Sep 5, 2017 - 1:57PM

    It is wonderful to see in above comments, Indians openly displaying their hatred, bigotry and ignorance.Recommend

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