Persecution of Muslims: Pakistan to mobilise OIC and UN over Rohingya plight

Nawaz to approve suggestions today

Zahid Gishkori June 07, 2015
Pakistan to mobilise OIC and UN over Rohingya plight. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is going to raise the issue of the persecution of Rohingya Muslims at international forums by mobilising the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as well as the United Nations.

A high-profile special cabinet committee looking into the issue sent its recommendations to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and PM’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi recommend that Pakistan must prioritise the protection of Rohingya Muslims in its engagement with Myanmar.

“We have sent our recommendations to the premier for approval,” Aziz told The Express Tribune. “After his approval, we shall release them to the media on Monday (today).”

Pakistan has consistently expressed its deep concern over the plight of the ethnic minority 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,” the Foreign Office said in an official statement.

An official familiar with the gist of the recommendations disclosed that “Islamabad will urge the OIC, the collective voice of the Muslim world, to raise the issue again during the Council of Foreign Ministers session to evolve a common position among the member states”.

“Pakistan should appeal to the UN, the OIC, the Muslim world and the regional powers not to close their eyes to this genocide,” Nisar was quoted as saying during the maiden meeting on Sunday.

The minister also cautioned the international community that the level of atrocities and the scale of oppression of the hapless Muslims in that part of the world would nullify the recent efforts for addressing the grievances of the Muslims to dissuade their youth from falling into the hands of militants.

Pakistan has already supported the OIC resolution titled ‘The Situation of the Muslim Community in Myanmar’, which was presented to the Council of Foreign Ministers last month in Kuwait.

In a statement, Nisar said the inaction of the international community and criminal silence of the proponents of human rights and organisations over the gross violations of the rights of Rohingya Muslims raises serious questions about the utility and effectiveness of international forums.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 8th, 2015. 


S.R.H. Hashmi | 6 years ago | Reply First of all, I am unable to understand as to how Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal INTERIOR Minister, became the Captain of the team entrusted the responsibility of what is basically an EXTERIOR issue. And while there is no harm in raising the issue at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and United Nations, if that is the maximum that Pakistan Is planning to do, it may as well not take the trouble and waste time and money, These two organizations and especially the UN does hardly have an enviable record for solving problems relating to Muslims. We hear that the Philanthropist Malik Riaz Hussain has offered an amount of hundred million rupees for Rohingya Muslims and has pledged more. And while I understand that most of our leaders are in business for taking, and not giving money, I wish on this occasion they could also donate some. Other institutions and individuals should also donate generously for this noble cause. At present, Turkey is in the forefront of doing humanitarian work for Rohingya Muslims.If Pakistani government is really serious and does not just want to go through the notions for show only, I think it could do better to coordinate its activities with Turks. We have seen for ourselves with what commitment, affection and feeling they helped us at time of our disasters. Unfortunately, Pakistan’s own record is not all that bright in helping Muslims in distress. In 1971, Pakistan abandoned its own people, the stranded Pakistanis, and left them to suffer a terrible fate, languishing in sub-human conditions in Bangladesh camps. Some of them were actually brought to Pakistan, which means it did accept their right to come here but later stopped the process, and abandoned them, completely and utterly. However, that does not mean it should not Rohingya Muslims either. Maybe helping Rohingya Muslims could at least partly restore its image which at the moment does not look all that good. Karachi
Muhammad Osama | 6 years ago | Reply SindhiAwam, It would have been better if you had appreciated the government step to raise a voice internationally rather than crying over presence of illegal immigrants in Sindh. Wake up buddy, KPK have a lot more immigrants and IDPs than sindh. Name any city except karachi where IDP's and immigrants have been relocated. Immigrants and IDP's have not damaged Sindh's economy( Which I believe is in jeopardy since the beginning of PP's govt.). Ever wondered why no power projects, motorways , railroad, being contructed in Sindh? It bcuz that 10% has gone whopping up to 40-50%. Go look at the reality.Although I would say that punjab Dominated governtments have always considered punjab as Pakistan and never looked at the state of other province. But again a question arises as to what really happened during the PPP govt.? What did PPP do in sindh despite having a major vote bank in sindh. The state of sindhi people has been same since the end of bhutto's regime and would not change in the near future considering the Sindh Government's shitty policies. and lack of ambitious leadership.
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