New York: Prime Minsiter while addressing the OIC Contact Group meeting at the UN headquarters has expressed deep concern over the grave situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and urged upon the OIC member countries to play a leading role to this virtuous cause.
Prime Minister assured the OIC that “Pakistan reiterates its commitment to take full part in any humanitarian effort by the OIC or UN to help the Rohingya Muslims”.
The Prime Minister said that more than 420,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state in what the United Nations has described as “ethnic cleansing.” He demanded that this systematic and endemic discrimination against Rohingya Muslims in Myanamar must end.
He said the international community must exert its utmost pressure on the Government of Myanmar to stop the carnage of the Rohingyas.
Pakistan also demanded of the Government of Myanmar to stop the military campaign against the muslims in the state and ensure safety and security of the Muslim Rohingya population. He also asked Myanmar to respect its obligations under international law, and hold to account all perpetrators of violence against the Rohingyas.
Pakistan also demanded that the UN immediately allow a UN fact finding mission to the country, and called for immediate access of humanitarian supplies to the affected areas.
Myanmar must create favorable conditions for sustainable and safe return of all Rohingya refugees and grant legitimate rights including citizenship, communal participation and representation and freedom of movement, to the Rohingya, as equal citizens of Myanmar, he added.