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Burmese Ulema seek help to end bloodshed
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Burmese Ulema seek help to end bloodshed

04 September 2012

The Burma Ulema Council delegation called on Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chief Muhammad Hussain Mehanti here at the Idar-e-Noor-e-Haq on Monday and also had a telephonic conversation with the JI Pakistan chief Syed Munawar Hasan.

 

The delegation apprised Mehanti of the atrocities being committed on Muslims in Myanmar Burma and called for help of the Muslim Ummah.Mehanti said that it was the moral duty of every Muslim to raise their voice against the killings of their brothers.

 

They alleged that Myanmar permitted an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) delegation to visit the country. They said that they would allow the OIC to coordinate relief efforts for Rohingyas displaced within Myanmar. The OIC action came as the global Islamic body suspended the membership of Syria because of the widening bloodshed in that country.

 

The delegation informed Mehanti that in June the Rohingya Muslims were attacked in Rakhine State (formerly Arakan State) on the western Myanmar frontier with Bangladesh, by the local Arakanese and Bamar (Burman) Buddhist majority. The crisis followed rumours that a Buddhist woman had been raped and murdered by the Rohingyas.

 

Officially 80 people were killed – mainly Rohingyas – and 70,000 people from among both communities were left homeless in the June outbreak. Countless Rohingya Muslims attempted to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh and India.

 

The Muslim Students’ Organisation of India and the All India Buddhist Council appealed jointly for Indian government aid for the displaced Rohingya Muslims. The refugee issue has challenged the Rohingyas, international humanitarian organisations, and regional governments.

 

They claimed that Myanmar is currently undergoing a military-led transition to democratic rule. Yet the Myanmar government was accused by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) of standing aside during the battles between Rohingyas and Rakhine Buddhists.

 

Myanmar security forces, after failing to intervene and stop the skirmishes, then shot at Rohingya protestors, organised mass arrests from among them, and committed rapes, according to human rights organisations.