By Muhammad Luqman
Pakistan has expressed concern over reports of growing number of deaths and forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims. Such reports, if confirmed, are a source of serious concern and anguish, foreign office spokesman said.
Pakistan urges authorities in Myanmar to investigate reports of massacre, hold those involved accountable and take necessary measures to protect the rights of Rohingya Muslims.
In line with its consistent position on protecting the rights of Muslim minorities worldwide, Pakistan will work with the international community in particular the OIC to express solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims and to work towards safeguarding their rights.
Over 500 people of Rohingya origin have died in the recent acts of ethnic cleansing on the part of Burmese military. Myanmar.
Defying international outrage, Myanmar has blocked all United Nations aid agencies from delivering vital supplies of food, water and medicine to thousands of desperate civilians at the centre of a bloody military campaign in Myanmar, according to media reports.
The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Myanmar said that deliveries were suspended “because the security situation and government field-visit restrictions rendered us unable to distribute assistance”, suggesting authorities were not providing permission to operate.
“The UN is in close contact with authorities to ensure that humanitarian operations can resume as soon as possible,” it said. Aid was being delivered to other parts of Rakhine state, it added.
In the deadliest violence for decades in the area, the military is accused of atrocities against the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority, tens of thousands of whom have fled burning villages to neighbouring Bangladesh, many with bullet wounds.
The recent spate of attacks on the Rohingya Muslims have created outrage across the world. The youngest ever Nobel peace prize winner, Malala has urges her fellow laureate Aung San Suu Kyi , the defacto leader of Myanmar to stop ‘shameful’ treatment of the Muslim minority in Myanmar
In a statement on Twitter, the Nobel peace prize winner told her fellow laureate that the “world is waiting” for her to act over unrest that has seen tens of thousands of people flee into neighbouring Bangladesh.
Yousafzai’s intervention comes after British foreign secretary Boris Johnson warned Aung San Suu Kyi, that the treatment of the ethnic minority group was “besmirching” the country’s reputation.
Myanmar security officials have been accused of burning down villages and committing atrocities in Rakhine state in the north-west of the country.
Calling for an end to the violence, Yousafzai said she had been left heartbroken by reports of young children being killed by security forces and urged the Burmese government to grant the group citizenship.
By Muhammad Luqman