Pakistani stance over Burma killings... By Hassam
13 July, 2012
According to unofficial reports, more than 20,000 Muslims have been killed, tortured and displaced by the extremist Buddhists in Burma's Rakhine province, the worst sectarian killing in this part of the world for many years. The violence had killed 29 people in a day and displaced more than 30,000, said Htein Lin, Secretary of the Ministry for Border Affairs.
Around 2,500 houses have been burnt down, Reuters reported on June 14. Meanwhile, The Telegraph reported on June 21that more than 80 have been killed in Burma this month.
No serious concern over the killings of Muslims by the Pakistani government has resulted in much disappointment, added with the disease of nationalism by Bangladesh authorities who did not allow the frightened Burmese Muslims to enter the territory of Bangladesh to save their lives. This is such a pity.
International organisations, NGOs, human rights organisations, major countries have proposed a solution for the 800,000 Rohingya, who live in desperate conditions that resemble refugee camps and make up one of the largest groups of stateless people in Asia.
The biggest distress comes from the attitude of the Pakistan government, which has not even condemned the killings of Muslim brothers; helping them is a tough ask for such a government.
We urge the electronic and print media of our country to report sincerely the most horrible situation. Muslims must pay heed to the suffering of the Rohingya Muslims and rescue them from oppression.
SYED HASSAM AHMED