Myan­mar army chief blames me­dia for Ro­hingya ex­o­dus

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

Com­man­der-in-chief of the Myan­mar Armed Forces Min Aung Hlaing said the me­dia is ex­ag­ger­at­ing the Ro­hingya Mus­lims ex­o­dus is­sue.

Assert­ing that Ro­hingyas are not na­tive to Myan­mar, Hlaing said they are merely re­turn­ing to their moth­er­land. Re­but­ting the ac­cu­sa­tions of eth­nic cleans­ing by his forces, Se­nior gen­eral de­fended his forces ac­tions and said, “The na­tive place of Ben­galis is re­ally Ben­gal and Ro­hingyas are merely re­turn­ing to their moth­er­land.”

Se­nior gen­eral jus­ti­fied Myan­mar’s ac­tions af­ter the UN hu­man rights re­leased a re­port blam­ing Myan­mar se­cu­rity forces for driv­ing out half a million Mus­lim Ro­hingya from north­ern Rakhine state and other bru­tal­i­ties in­clud­ing, torch­ing their homes, crops and vil­lages to pre­vent them from re­turn­ing. Over 500,000 Roh- ingyas have fled the vi­o­lence- hit Rakhine state to seek refuge in Bangladesh in re­cent months.

Based on-the-ground in­ter­views in Coxs Bazar, in Bangladesh, where hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ro­hingya have sought refuge, the United Na­tions re­port draws at­ten­tion to­wards a al­leged strat­egy of Myan­mar where deep fear is be­ing in­stilled among the Ro­hingya pop­u­la­tion.


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