NA unanimously adopts resolution condemning atrocities against Rohingya Muslims

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution on Wednesday strongly condemning the ongoing violence and grave human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar.

The resolution moved by Minister for Law Zahid Hamid deplored the systematic and organized destruction of villages and homes of Rohingya Muslims.

It reaffirmed Pakistan’s unwavering solidarity with Rohingya Muslims for the realization of their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.

The resolution called upon the international community especially the Human Rights Council to urge Myanmar government to ensure protection of the rights of Muslims, investigate the incidents of human rights violations against them and hold the perpetrators of violence accountable.

It urged the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims.

Speaking on the resolution, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that a special meeting of OIC should be held on Rohingya Muslims.

In a written reply, Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif informed the House that Pakistan is in close contact with South Asian countries to host SAARC summit as soon as possible.

He said the postponement of 19th SAARC summit, which was scheduled to take place in Islamabad in November 2015, was not only disappointing for Pakistan but it was also a blow to the collective development of the region.

He asserted that Pakistan remains steadfast in its commitment to regional cooperation and connectivity for promoting peace and accelerating the pace of economic development.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the National Assembly that the international community needs to create conducive conditions in Afghanistan for repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland.

He said the process of repatriation of Afghan refugees has slowed down and only 70,000 refugees returned to Afghanistan this year.

The minister told that he will visit Geneva next month to attend a meeting and apprise the world community about the difficulties in repatriation of the Afghan refugees.

Responding to a call attention notice, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that Pakistan has strongly taken up the issue of display of Free Balochistan posters in Geneva with Swiss authorities.

He notified that there is no doubt that our enemies would have funded this massive campaign as there are clear proofs that India is supporting separatist elements in Balochistan.

He maintained that under the UN Charter, separatist and terrorist outfits, such as Balochistan Liberation Army, cannot carry out any activity on foreign land against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other country.