Wednesday, 10 June 2015

NA passes resolution condemning genocide of Rohingya Muslims

Source The express tribune, 10 June

Resolu­tion calls upon the United Nation­s to interv­ene to stop human rights violat­ions in Myanma­r

Rohingya migrants. PHOTO: REUTERS
Rohingya migrants. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution expressing deep concerns over the heinous crimes being committed by religious extremists against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Radio Pakistan reported.

The resolution moved by Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain strongly condemned the genocide of Rohingya Muslims and called upon the United Nations to intervene to stop human rights violations there.

Appreciating the government of Pakistan for raising the issue with the UN Secretary General, the resolution called upon the government to impress upon the Myanmar government for the protection of human rights of the peaceful community of Rohingya Muslims. The resolution also called upon the OIC to deliberate the issue and take necessary action in the matter.

The resolution commended the courage of Rohingya Muslims who are bravely facing the genocidal campaign against them.

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As a key member of the OIC, Pakistan is going to write to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as well as the United Nations Security Council president to ask them for further intensification of diplomatic and moral pressure on Myanmar to grant citizenship rights to Rohingyas in accordance with international humanitarian laws.

This was one of the many recommendations of a three-member cabinet committee that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approvedon Tuesday.

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The committee – headed by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and comprising the PM's Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and the PM's Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi – was formed by the PM last week to deliberate on the issue of Rohingya Muslims.

The committee has also decided that a special grant of US$ 05 million should be announced as Pakistan's contribution towards plight of Rohingyas. This grant will be channeled in the form of food through the World Food Programme for distribution in Rohingyas' camps in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

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