In call to arms, al Qaeda urges Muslims to support Rohingyas with ‘military support’

In a statement, the al Qaeda said the Myanmar government will face "punishment" for its "crimes". Nearly 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from violence-hit Myanmar.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: September 13, 2017 2:06 pm
Myanmar unrest, Rohingya exodus, Myanmar Rohingyas, Al Qaeda Rohingya refugee children carry an old woman in a sling near Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 13, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

Coming out in support of Myanmar’s ethnic minority Rohingyas, the al-Qaeda issued a statement urging Muslims across the world to support their fellow Muslims with “military support”, reported news agency Reuters. The statement added that the Myanmar government will face “punishment” for its “crimes”. Nearly 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from violence-hit Myanmar.

“We call upon all mujahid brothers in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines to set out for Burma to help their Muslim brothers, and to make the necessary preparations — training and the like – to resist this oppression,” the group said, as reported by Reuters.

The unrest in Myanmar intensified this August, after Rohingya militants allegedly conducted a series of coordinated attacks on police and army posts, forcing the state to retaliate. The Myanmar government, which said its forces are engaged in a campaign against “terrorists”, had warned of bomb attacks in cities.

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“The savage treatment meted out to our Muslim brothers…shall not pass without punishment,” the Islamist outfit was quoted as saying by Reuters. “The government of Myanmar shall be made to taste what our Muslim brothers have tasted.”

Suu Kyi to skip UN General Assembly

Myanmar’s national leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s spokesperson on Wednesday confirmed that she will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York. The Nobel laureate is under pressure from world leaders to end the unrest. She’s also been criticised for remaining silent over the issue and failing to end the violence.

“The state counsellor won’t attend the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly,” her spokesperson Aung Shin said. “She’s never afraid of facing criticism or confronting problems. Perhaps she’s got more pressing matters here to deal with,” she added.

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Myanmar unrest, Rohingya exodus, Myanmar Rohingyas, Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda on Rohingya Muslims, World news, Indian Express Rohingya refugees wait for the food to be distributed by local organisations near Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 13, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

India, the UN

A day after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said he “deplored” India’s plans to deport Rohingya refugees, the Indian envoy in Geneva on Tuesday said New Delhi is “confirmed” about “illegal migrants.”

Permanent Representative of India to UN in Geneva Rajiv K Chander said: “We are perplexed at some of the observations made by the High Commissioner in his oral update. There appears to be inadequate appreciation of the freedoms and rights that are guaranteed and practised daily in a vibrant democracy that has been built under challenging conditions. Tendentious judgments made on the basis of selective and even inaccurate reports do not further the understanding of human rights in any society.”

“Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges. Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion,” he said. Read more here.

Myanmar unrest, Rohingya exodus, Myanmar Rohingyas, Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda on Rohingya Muslims, World news, Indian Express Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets Rohingya Muslims at Kutupalong refugee camp, near the border town of Ukhia, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo)

Bangladesh PM visits Rohingya camp

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited the Kutupalong refugee camp on Tuesday. She said her country would do its best to help the fleeing Rohingyas, but said Myanmar should “take their nationals back” as soon as possible. Left “speechless” by the crisis, she added, “We will not tolerate injustice (against Rohingays).”

(With inputs from agencies) 

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  1. Bhadrapati Devi
    Sep 13, 2017 at 10:32 pm
    Al Qaeda open support for terrorism for every Muslim people is the open license to throw out Muslim from every peace loving communities. Why Al Qaeda remain keep quite when millions of Muslim kill each other in West Asia in tune of whole killing? In Myanmar, these Benglai Muslim of Bangladesh running illegal den in Raikhan state among the peace loving Buddhist Raikhan. Violence mongers and criminals population bombs promoted by Al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia need to take back your population mine bomb.
    1. Siddharth Sharma
      Sep 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm
      Oh shut up you . You think Al-Qaida or anyone will keep quiet over the mass ethnic cleansing launched by Myanmar Army. Peace loving Buddhists? Peace loving Buddhists have been killing Muslims ever since they fist settled in 11th century and killing Indians since 1930s. Besides who are you calling a Bengali? The Rohingyas don't even speak Bengali in actual, many may be related to the Bengalis since Muslims migrated after Arakan's king in 15th century who fled to Bengal was reinstalled by Bengal Sultan and also because of Indian migration to Burma in colonial times. But their language is mit completely same. It is you Hindus and Buddhists who should be thrown out.
    2. V
      Sep 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm
      Will Rahul Baba and his chmachas reply to this news .Only one Anti national can support another anti National.
      1. Siddharth Sharma
        Sep 14, 2017 at 11:35 pm
        Fight backa against extinction of Rohingya from Myanmar.
      2. C
        charles raja
        Sep 13, 2017 at 5:56 pm
        because of this open declaration of war every other society is careful not encourage terrorism. they are not sympathetic to false claim of victim. they are backward and are hated because they hate others and always talk of war. Even china pakisthan best friend is supporting myanmar action on terrorists
        1. Siddharth Sharma
          Sep 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm
          They didn't declare war, Burma did it long ago.
        2. G
          Sep 13, 2017 at 5:27 pm
          Seriously why can't Alquaeda actually ask for proper support from other muslim other countries rather than sound a war cry? Those refugees need refuge and food, not military training for God's sake! If this organization asks nicely I'm sure the rich gulf countries can afford to give good life to these refugees and there will be peace and happiness everywhere. UN too should think of do something productive and ask rich countries which have the means to support these refugees to take them up instead of slandering India to pass the buck! UN was created for world peace, not to go about dictating the countries on the personal views of one of the chiefs. For everything else people call us a third world country and insult us on being poor nation but when they want us to shelter illegal immigrants we are super power! Very convenient! India should treat them kindly and humanely but at the same time be adamant and deport them.
          1. L
            Sep 13, 2017 at 5:24 pm
            Why only Muslims are unable to co-exist peacefully with other communities in any country?? It is proved beyond doubt they are Not loyal to the Country they live in. Their religion is everything. India is already in Big trouble due to this problem. Bad Luck for India.
            1. Siddharth Sharma
              Sep 14, 2017 at 11:31 pm
              Says the one supporting the Burmese who have been killing Muslims for a thousand years.
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