Pakistan says plight of Rohingyas ‘worrisome’

Published: May 27, 2015
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Urges Myanmar to take steps for restoring stability in Rakhine State. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Urges Myanmar to take steps for restoring stability in Rakhine State. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday expressed deep concern at the plight of Rohingya Muslims, who are adrift on boats in the India Ocean without access to food and drinking water.

“The Government of Pakistan has been consistently expressing deep concern at the plight of minority Muslim community in Myanmar.

“The current displacement of a large number of Muslims, who are adrift on boats in the Indian Ocean, without access to food and drinking water, is worrisome,” said the foreign ministry in a statement.

The foreign office pointed out that at the session of Human Rights Council in March, Pakistan – in its capacity as Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Group Coordinator for Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues in UN, Geneva – stressed the need for Myanmar government to grant citizenship and other rights to Rohingya Muslims.

“Pakistan is also supporting an OIC resolution titled, ‘The Situation of the Muslim Community in Myanmar’, which will be presented to the Council of Foreign Ministers on May 27-28 in Kuwait,” it added.

Pakistan also urged the authorities of Myanmar to take all necessary measures to restore stability and launch a comprehensive reconciliation process in Rakhine State.

“The Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz addressed a letter to the OIC Secretary General on May 20, urging the Council of Foreign Ministers to take all necessary measures during the forthcoming Council of Foreign Ministers in Kuwait, for the rescue and rehabilitation of displaced Rohingya Muslims,” it said. The foreign office said Sartaj will also be taking up the issue with the OIC ministers during the Council of Foreign Ministers’ session so as to evolve a common position among the member states.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (18)

  • fact is fact
    May 27, 2015 - 10:50AM

    if they care so much, why not go there and help them. but the main problem here is why Pakistan doesn’t care for their own people esp minorities. Lets do some of our problems solve and then sneak out for others please.

    P.S. nothing against Rohingya people here. Feel sorry for them Recommend

  • Khan
    May 27, 2015 - 11:02AM

    Why doesn’t the Government of Pakistan give refuge to the stranded Rohingyas??Recommend

  • john
    May 27, 2015 - 11:03AM

    egypt just kicked at your back and replied to shut up and do not interfare internal matter of other nations. mayanmmar has no interst in illegal peoples. if you have so much interst in them take them all in pakistan and better look out your minorities at place of other nations internal issue.Recommend

  • Anon
    May 27, 2015 - 11:09AM

    Please raise some voice against your all weather friend on its treatment of Uighur Muslims or that effects you much as long as they are doing some investment…Recommend

  • AK Bhalla
    May 27, 2015 - 11:15AM

    Why doesnt Pakistan take in the Rohingyas as citizens and do a good deed for the Muslim Ummah ?Recommend

  • Vishnu Reddy
    May 27, 2015 - 11:32AM

    The citizens of Pakistan must undoubtedly be the world’s most selfless people. They are ever willing to sacrifice their time for the protection of Muslims from alleged oppression anywhere in the world be it Myanmar as this article shows or elsewhere such as in Kashmir, Gujarat, Kosovo, or Palestine. Never mind that Muslim sects like the Shia, Ismaili and Ahmadi are getting slaughtered for their religious beliefs in Pakistan. Never mind that this slaughter contradicts claims of Pakistan being a safe haven for the Muslims of the Indian Sub-Continent, The Citadel of Islam, Sole Nuclear Armed Protector of Muslims; Pakistani’s will selflessly ignore that slaughter and go to bat for Muslims elsewhere in the world.
    Why there is even an exception that proves this rule of selflessness and that is the Pakistani silence regards the slaughter of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang at the behest of China.

    Indeed if the Crab Nebula, Betelgeuse or Aldebaran had Muslims, one could be sure that Pakistan will selflessly overlook the slaughter of Muslim sects in Pakistan and provide support against alleged oppression committed against Muslims there.Recommend

  • Lord
    May 27, 2015 - 11:43AM

    Good to see this sympathy. Pakistan should be more concerned about what its own minorities are going through. Don’t believe me, ask hazaras from quetta and Christians of joseph colony.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    May 27, 2015 - 12:14PM

    Pakistan must offer refugee status to these people and settle them in Punjab.Recommend

  • Frank
    May 27, 2015 - 12:19PM

    The Rohingyas aren’t Pakistan’s problem. There should be international action against the Burmese government, however, to force it to stop persecution of them.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    May 27, 2015 - 1:02PM

    Is Pakistan’s “worrisome” because the alleged victims Muslims? It should put it’s own house in order and then lecture the outside world. Minorities in Pakistan are second class citizens and we have this hypocritical leadership expressing concern. These guys really make me laugh.
    There is a saying “what goes around, comes around”. This is a perfect example.Recommend

  • Frank
    May 27, 2015 - 3:32PM

    @Iqbal:

    You are right that it is laughable for Pakistan to be concerned about the Rohingyas just because they are Muslims, but you are wrong about minorities being second class citizens. In Pakistan everyone is a second class citizen.Recommend

  • May 27, 2015 - 3:38PM

    Bleeding everywhere and yet no concrete action. A very common tragedy of 3rd worldRecommend

  • kickass
    May 27, 2015 - 4:39PM

    @john:
    You badly need a kick too and a hard one too.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 27, 2015 - 4:41PM

    A nuclear powered state needs equally powerful leaders and not businessmen. Only then will others take you seriously.Recommend

  • amir
    May 27, 2015 - 4:42PM

    even if Pakistan grants them asylum , i wonder if Rohingyas will ever accept it , given state of affairs of religious / ethnic minorities and also majority held hostage by fanatic few.Recommend

  • aj
    May 28, 2015 - 12:28AM

    There are a few people in here who are below standards below average. They don’t know nothing about Pakistan and passing their crap comments….kindly keep those statments to yourself…and we talk about ronhingyas, it’s not cause they are Muslims it’s all because of humanity…and Mr Vishnu..wise men say think before u speak….don’t forget what u guys do at gujrat, Kashmir n bla bla…at least u guys don’t talk about minorities….I bet Pakistan is a heaven for minorities…there are quite a few who just for the sake of taking other nationality come up with these kind of rumors ….Recommend

  • foz
    May 28, 2015 - 12:04PM

    what about Stranded_Pakistanis_in_Bangladesh ?Recommend

  • sana
    Jun 10, 2015 - 3:51AM

    ET comment moderator: you always allowed comment mentioned in your policy for Deleting those comment under section FAQ “Posted with explicit intent to provoke other commenters, writers or staff”. You always allowed comments specially from INDIA against Pakistan OR Muslim to provoke us or writer but you constantly doing form last five years. Today I visited ET with hope that may be you changed policy for provoking comment but unfortunately its other way around. Recommend

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