Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Why can't PM accept Rohingya Muslim refugees as his brothers: Owaisi

Why can't PM accept Rohingya Muslim refugees as his brothers: Owaisi

"The entire world today is anxious with the Rohingya issue (and) their (India's) concern and stand beside us is very crucial at this moment", he had said. Almost 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all.

Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population. "The counter-attacks of Myanmar security forces against extremist terrorists and the government's undertakings to provide assistance to the people are strongly welcomed", he said.

India this week sent 53 tonnes of relief materials to Bangladesh for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar. He said his party would oppose the Centre's any move to deport almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in various refugee camps.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh said the Centre will file an affidavit on 'Rohingyas are a threat to national security' in the Supreme Court on Monday, September 18.

Since the military crackdown began, at least 30,000 Rohingya people have been killed, while almost 400,000 forced out of their homeland and flee to Bangladesh as entire villages were burnt down, according to the UNHCR.

Further referring to the Sri Lankan refugees staying in Tamil Nadu, Owaisi said that they were allowed to stay in India even after being accused of spreading terrorism. According to home ministry officials there were almost 40,000 Rohingya Muslims staying illegally in the country.

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The plea, filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), claimed they have taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

Earlier in the day, there were reports saying that Central government informed the Supreme Court that it can not allow Rohingya Muslims to stay in India as refugees since they pose a threat to the national security.

In August, the Home Ministry wrote to state governments, urging them to identify illegally staying Rohingyas and deport them.

The government's stand has been that infiltration of Rohingyas from Rakhine into Indian territory, especially in recent years, besides being a burden on the limited resources of the country, also aggravates security challenges posed to India. Myanmar government does not recognise Rohingyas as their citizens.

Protests took place in other districts of the country as well, Hefazat's Central Organising Secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi told the Dhaka Tribune.

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