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India tells Myanmar Rohingya issue a ‘ticking bomb’ with Pakistan trigger

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by thesolar65, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. thesolar65

    thesolar65 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

    Feb 25, 2013
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    Based on information that Pakistan-based militant groups are tapping into Rohingya radicalisation, India has told Myanmar that this is a “ticking bomb” that represents a “major security threat” to the “region in general, and India, Bangladesh and Myanmar in particular”.

    Delhi conveyed this message to Myanmar’s new national security adviser, U Thuang Tun, who was on his maiden visit to India last week, top official sources have told Hindustan Times. The NSA met his counterpart, NSA Ajit Doval, as well as officials of ministry of external affairs and defence ministries.

    Even as the western countries, the international human rights community, and Islamic countries have made the treatment of Rohingyas a central concern in their engagement with the Myanmarese regime, India has preferred to be restrained and discreet, given the sensitivities of both the military and Aung San Suu Kyi on the issue.

    With a new bout of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state from last year, the issue has assumed a new salience.

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    A top official told HT that India has adequate intelligence to confirm the role of Lashkar-e-Taiba, operating first through its “so-called charitable avatar and then through frontmen” in the Rakhine state.

    The estimated 1 million Rohingya face discrimination in Myanmar. Most do not have citizenship and are regarded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Communal violence in 2012 forced many of them to flee their homes, and more than 100,000 still live in refugee camps.

    “We told the NSA that this issue is a major threat. Rohingya radicals are being abetted by Lashkar. This will have consequences for the region. And we have advised them to find a political solution to the issue soon”. India believes that while security measures are necessary, only a crackdown would be “counter-productive”.

    Back in 2012-13, India had first suspected active Lashkar involvement based on inputs from the Bangladesh government - and there was suspicion that the group had a role behind blasts in Bodh Gaya. Hafiz Saeed had publicly accused India of aiding the Myanmar regime in its persecution of Rohingyas.

    A career diplomat who made India his first port of call, MEA had said in a statement that the NSA U Thuang Tun was ‘expected to advise the Myanmar government on internal and external threats by assessing situations from a strategic point of view’, and that India looked forward to a productive association with him.
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