Pakistan summons Myanmar’s envoy, records protests over Rohingyas’ plight

Pakistan Foreign Office has today summoned Myanmar’s ambassador, U Win Naing, and recorded its protest over the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua conveyed a strong protest at the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine province in Myanmar.

Calling to take effective measures to prevent the recurrence of more violence, giving security to Rohingya Muslims, and upholding their rights to live, Janjua stressed on the need for urgent investigations into recent violence against the Rohingyas and to fix accountability.

Janjua also emphasized on the swift implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission which inter alia include urgent and sustained action to prevent violence, maintain peace, foster reconciliation, assure unhindered humanitarian access, and address the issue of citizenship as part of a durable settlement of the problem.

Myanmar’s envoy, U Win Naing assured Janjua that he convey Pakistan’s message and concerns to the government of Myanmar.

About 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought shelter in Bangladesh since violence erupted in
Rakhine state when the Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army (ARSA) made coordinated attacks on 30 police stations and a military base.

At least 400 people have been killed in the attacks on security posts on 25 August and subsequent sporadic attacks on non-Rakhine ethnic minorities by the ARSA and military counteroffensive.

The plight of the Rohingyas is sparking concern and protests in many countries, and Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticised for failing to protect them.

On 7 September, South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the leading figures in the anti-apartheid struggle, added his voice, saying: “If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak today said Rohingya Muslims face systematic violence including torture, rape and murder in Myanmar. He said Malaysia would launch a “Humanitarian Mission for Rohingyas”, an integrated aid mission to send an immediate supply of aid and assistance to refugees currently taking shelter along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Islamist pressure group Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh today warned it would lay siege to the Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka on 19 September if the “genocide” of Rohingya Muslims did not stop by then.

Yesterday, another Islam-based political party Islami Andolan Bangladesh declared that it would besiege the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka on 13 September for the atrocities against the Rohingyas.

Shyamal Bikash Chakma

Shyamal Bikash Chakma is Public Editor of The aPolitical and a PhD candidate in Development Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and recipient of the Felix Scholarship 2017.
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  1. Bogus Paki should recognised millions of Bangali who stand-still remain in Pakistan for five decades after then East-Pakistan broke-away 1971, as its citizens..

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