Pakistan summons Myanmar envoy over violence against Rohingyas

According to the latest figure, about 300,000 refugees, mostly Rohingya Muslims, have fled to Bangladesh in the last 15 days.
Pakistani protesters stand on shipping containers, authorities put to barred them from marching to the Myanmar Embassy during a protest to condemn the violence against the Rohingya Muslim in Myanmar, in Islamabad on September 8.(AP Photo)
Pakistani protesters stand on shipping containers, authorities put to barred them from marching to the Myanmar Embassy during a protest to condemn the violence against the Rohingya Muslim in Myanmar, in Islamabad on September 8.(AP Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2017 07:11 PM IST
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Pakistan on Saturday summoned the Myanmar envoy and lodged a strong protest over the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state, leading to the exodus of about 300,000 refugees to Bangladesh.

Foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to Pakistan U Win Myint and sought effective measures to prevent the recurrence of such violence, providing security to Rohingya Muslims, the foreign office said.

She conveyed “a strong protest of the government and people of Pakistan at the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state in Myanmar”, it said.

Janjua asked for upholding their rights to live and move without fear and discriminations, urgent investigations into recent violence against the Rohingya Muslims and holding accountable those involved in these serious crimes, it said.

She said that as part of a durable settlement of the problem, the swift implementation of the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission was emphasised, which include urgent and sustained action to prevent violence, maintain peace, foster reconciliation, assure unhindered humanitarian access and address the issue of citizenship.

The envoy assured the foreign secretary to convey the concerns of the government and people of Pakistan to the Myanmar government, the foreign office added.

According to UN estimates, over 1,000 people may have been killed in the crackdown launched by Myanmar army in Rakhine state.

According to the latest figure, about 300,000 refugees, mostly Rohingya Muslims, have fled to Bangladesh in the last two weeks.

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