UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan expressed “deep concern” over the ongoing Rohingya crisis on Tuesday, urging the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to play a leading role and become a “voice of conscience” for the Rohingya people.
Addressing the OIC Contact Group meeting at the UN headquarters, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi assured the OIC that it would have his country’s “firm and abiding support to this virtuous cause”.
“Pakistan reiterates its commitment to take full part in any humanitarian effort by the OIC or UN to help the Rohingya Muslims,” the PM said.
Abbasi said over 400,000 Rohingya had been forced to flee their homes and seek protection and shelter in neighbouring countries. He went on to demand an end to this “systematic and endemic discrimination”.
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 that the Government of Myanmar take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation and the ensure safety and security of the Muslim Rohingya population.
The prime minister said Myanmar must create favourable conditions for the safe return of all Rohingya refugees and grant legitimate rights including citizenship, communal participation and representation and freedom of movement to the Rohingyas as equal citizens of Myanmar.