PIMS doctors seek permission to send medical mission to Myanmar

AJK assembly passes resolution denouncing Myanmar government


Our Correspondents September 08, 2017
Activists burn a poster of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi while protesting outside the National Press Club. PHOTO: ONLINE

MUZAFFARABAD/ ISLAMABAD: The medical and non-medical employees at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) have demanded that the government allow them to send medical teams to Myanmar so that they can treat the Rohingya Muslims fleeing state persecution in the Rakhine state.

The genocide of Rohingya Muslims has touched billions of hearts across the world, and health practitioners will not be left behind, the doctors said as they marched within the premises of the hospital. They held aloft banners which called on international bodies to save the Rohingya Muslims from horrific violence.

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Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Akram, while speaking to the protesters, said that they will march towards the Wagah Border near Lahore and “walk all the way to Myanmar to aid Rohingyas if India grants us passage.”

The VC said that the international community should play its role for the early resolution of the humanitarian crisis. “We feel the pain of our Muslim brothers, sisters and children who are facing persecution and horrific atrocities at the hands of [Myanmar] state forces,” he said.

Mushaal Malik, the wife of Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik, also joined the protest to raise voice for the Muslims in Myanmar and Indian occupied Kashmir.

She said atrocities in Myanmar are a slap on the face Nobel Prize Committee and demanded that the prize should be withdrawn from Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has failed to save the Muslim minority.

Activists protest

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Civil Society Alliance (PCSA) has strongly condemned the brutal genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar at a protest outside the National Press Club on Thursday.

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Speakers urged the government to immediately shut down the Myanmar Embassy in Islamabad and expel its diplomats until the Myanmar government adopts necessary measures to stop the murder of Rohingya Muslims.

PSCA activists also stressed upon members of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), England, USA and European Union (EU) to break their silence over the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar, which they said was not possible with the support of the Myanmar government and military.

The civil society activists said the Muslims are being burnt alive and cut into pieces while the entire world had turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the genocide. The situation could worsen, therefore the global powers should immediately take notice of the human sufferings in Myanmar.

In another protest, a group of leading writers and poets from the twin cities also gathered at the National Press Club and chanted slogans against the massacre of Rohingyas. They said the government should launch a strong protest with the UN agencies and with the government of Myanmar.

The children of the Pakistan Sweet Homes also protested against the brutal killings in Myanmar. The children shouted slogans such as ‘wake up, wake up OIC wake up’, where are your human rights champions.

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Resolution in AJK Assembly

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) submitted a resolution in the legislative assembly to condemn the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. The resolution was submitted by AJK assembly member and PTI’s parliamentary leader Abdul Majid Khan.The resolution reads that crimes against humanity in Myanmar were alarming.

“The massacre and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas was a slap in the face of Nobel peace prize winner and the leader of Myanmar Suu Kyi, who failed to protect the Rohingya Muslims and other minority communities,” read the resolution.

Through the resolution an appeal was made to United Nations, EU, OIC and human rights bodies to act against those who were involved in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar.

Khan, while talking to the media, said the incumbent Myanmar regime with the support of extremist Buddhist monks, are working on an agenda to kill all Muslims and other minority communities in their country which was the worst kind of human rights violation on the planet.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2017.

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