Rohingya persecution: PTI submits resolution in Punjab Assembly


LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf submitted a resolution in Punjab Assembly on Tuesday, condemning the brutal killings of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The resolution submitted by Opposition Leader Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed demanded that the Nobel Peace Prize be taken back from Myanmar’s state councilor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her involvement in state-sponsored killings of Rohingya Muslims.

It also said that the silence of Muslim countries and being mere spectators in the ongoing violence against Rohingya community is alarming.

The systematic persecution of minority Muslims is on the rise across Myanmar and not confined to the northwestern state of Rakhine, where recent violence has sent nearly 90,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing, a Myanmar rights group said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan and PTI has filed an adjournment motion to discuss the Rohingya crisis in the national assembly.

The independent Burma Human Rights Network said that persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country’s Buddhist monks, and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.

“The transition to democracy has allowed popular prejudices to influence how the new government rules, and has amplified a dangerous narrative that casts Muslims as an alien presence in Buddhist-majority Burma,” the group said in a report.

The report draws on more than 350 interviews in more than 46 towns and villages over an eight-month period since March 2016.

Myanmar’s government made no immediate response to the report. Authorities deny discrimination and say security forces in Rakhine are fighting a legitimate campaign against “terrorists”.











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