World countries continue to harshly react to a deadly crackdown by Myanmar’s government on minority Rohingya Muslims in a western state in the country.
India calls for end to violence against Rohingya : India has called for an immediate end to the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar.
The Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Saturday that it was “imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the state restored expeditiously.”
India urged Myanmar to act “with restraint and maturity” following the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees into neighboring Bangladesh.
The United Nations said on Sunday that 294,000 refugees had fled to Bangladesh since August 25, while tens of thousands more were believed to be on the move inside Rakhine, after more than a fortnight without shelter, food, and water.
Al-Azhar’s imam urges investigation of ‘war crimes’
Meanwhile, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University in Egypt has slammed Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi for the crackdown on the Rohingya.
While he did not refer to Suu Kyi by name, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb used uncharacteristically strong language to denounce her. He said Suu Kyi held the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 with one hand and condoned “crimes” with the other.
Al-Tayeb called on rights groups to investigate “war crimes” committed against the Rohingya and refer perpetrators to the International Court of Justice.
Mines kill three more Muslims
The commander of Bangladeshi Border Guard, Lieutenant Colonel Manzurul Hasan Khan, also told AFP that suspected mines had killed three Rohingyas on Saturday.
He said troops had heard the blast Saturday night about 100 meters from the border with Myanmar.
Earlier, two government sources in Bangladesh said that Myanmarese soldiers had planted landmines on a stretch of the common border between the two countries in an apparent attempt to prevent the return of the Muslims.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to protest the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine State.
In a statement, the ministry said Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua had met with U Win Myint and asked that Myanmar take effective measures to prevent more violence against the Rohingya.
It said Janjua also called for upholding the Muslims’ “right to live and move without fear and discrimination.” On Friday, more than 1,500 people rallied in Islamabad to demand Win Myint’s expulsion.