Pakistan approves $5m for Rohingyas, but wants UN, OIC to take notice of migrant's plight

Published: June 9, 2015
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Rohingya migrants. PHOTO: REUTERS

Rohingya migrants. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has proposed the establishment of a high-powered committee comprising foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) to ask Myanmar “restore fundamental rights of the battered Rohingya Muslim community,” in addition to approving $5 million for providing relief goods to Rohingyas.

The foreign ministers will travel to Myanmar with a view to press the government there to restore fundamental rights of the battered community such that they could live peacefully and without any fear of persecution in their home country.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday approved recommendations of the ministerial committee constituted on the issue of Rohingya Muslims.

According to the recommendation, the prime minister will write a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations Security Council president to highlight the humanitarian crisis and ask for intensification of diplomatic and moral pressure on the Myanmar government to grant adequate citizenship rights to the community in accordance with international humanitarian laws.

Read: PM formed special committee on relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims: Nisar

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security Sartaj Aziz would also address another letter to OIC secretary general and propose the creation of a Special OIC Fund to provide food and other assistance to Rohingya Muslims who left Myanmar, and also those who are leading miserable life in the country. The first letter was sent on May 20.

The committee also decided a special grant of $5 million to provide food to Roghingya’s through the World Food Programme at camps in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

In line with the recommendations, Pakistan will also intensify efforts at all levels to highlight the plight of the battered community.

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar had on June 6 had vehemently pleaded the case of Rohingya Muslims, raising the grave humanitarian issue twice during the last two cabinet meetings.

Senate passes resolution against Rohingya ‘genocide’

Meanwhile, the Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution saying the Myanmar government was violating human rights and urged the government to immediately take up the matter with United Nations secretary general.

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

Moved by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-N), the resolution urged the government to consider dispatching relief provisions and financial support.

“Taking cognisance of the crimes against humanity being systemically committed against the Rohingya Muslims at the behest of Myanmar government, which is aided and abetted in this heinous campaign by religious extremists in that country, Senate of Pakistan strongly condemns these crimes and killings which tantamount to a genocide against a peaceful community, who are being persecuted on grounds of race and religion,” said the resolution.

The resolution added Rohingya Muslims were literally being pushed into the sea, their houses burnt and demolished, their women being raped, their children, women and men butchered as part of an organized campaign of ethnic cleansing. It demanded the international community to take firm and urgent notice of such unprecedented violations of human rights.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Salman
    Jun 9, 2015 - 9:08PM

    What about the genocide against minorities in Pakistan? Perhaps the Pakistani government should be more concerned about that!Recommend

  • Vijaykumar Padiyachi
    Jun 9, 2015 - 10:05PM

    Pak should spend this money for Urdu speaking Biharis of Bangladesh who want to resetle in Pak.And also lobiying in big brother china not to stop any UN resolution against MyanmarRecommend

  • Mazher Mehboob
    Jun 9, 2015 - 11:22PM

    This country has no idea about priorities.

    Doing politics in the name of diplomatic affairsRecommend

  • Abdullah
    Jun 10, 2015 - 1:46AM

    Where are our so-called religious party leaders who are only busy in minting money in the name of Kashmir Committee or IICRecommend

  • unbelievable
    Jun 10, 2015 - 2:21AM

    Providing aid is nice .. would be even better if it were your own rather than IMF.Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Jun 10, 2015 - 3:30AM

    @Vijaykumar Padiyachi:

    They are Urdu-Speaking Pakistani similar to Mohazirs in Sindh, who spearheaded campaign for the partition of India before 1947 and actively helped West Pakistani mainly Punjabi army to kill and r@pe local Bangalis in 1971. They may be originally from Bakhtiar Khilzi’s army who invaded Bengal and then took up the role of Razakars and Jamitis similar to many in Pakistan.

    Please do not use the word Bihar, the land of Buddha, with Jamatis and Razakars.Recommend

  • Bharat
    Jun 10, 2015 - 4:32AM

    Has Saudi Arabia given any money?Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2015 - 6:34AM

    @Bharat: far more than india and iranRecommend

  • Vishnu Reddy
    Jun 10, 2015 - 7:18AM

    How many millions have been allocated by the Pakistan Government for the minority sects of Islam such as Shia, Ahmadiyya and Ismaili who are regularly slaughtered for religious reasons in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Faizan Maqbool
    Jun 10, 2015 - 8:33AM

    @Bharat: No, they’re too busy paying Indian toilet sweepers in their great kingdom.Recommend

  • Pity
    Jun 10, 2015 - 11:02AM

    @Vijaykumar Padiyachi:
    At least Pakistan is sending aid to Rohingyas not like India which has bombarded its neighboring country Burma. Recommend

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