Pak­istani Tal­iban call for ji­had against Myan­mar lead­ers

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The Pak­istani Tal­iban on Mon­day urged Mus­lims in Myan­mar to rise up and fight the coun­try’s rulers, say­ing the Tal­iban’s re­sources and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties were avail­able to help them “take up the sword.”

Eh­san­ul­lah Ehsan, spokesman for the hard- line Ja­maatul- Ahrar fac­tion of the Tehreeke- Tal­iban Pak­istan ( TTP) move­ment, said they “shared the grief” of Myan­mar’s be­lea­guered Ro­hingya Mus­lim mi­nor­ity.

Myan­mar re­fuses to rec­og­nize most of its 1.3 mil­lion Ro­hingya as cit­i­zens and places a se­ries of re­stric­tions on them, such as fam­ily size, move­ments and ac­cess to jobs.

The coun­try’s im­pov­er­ished west­ern state of Rakhine has be­come a tin­der­box of ten­sion be­tween the Bud­dhist ma­jor­ity and the Ro­hingya, many of whom live in dis­place­ment camps af­ter deadly un­rest erupted in 2012.

“I ad­dress Burma’s youth: take up the sword and kill in the path of God. No doubt, God is with us,” Ehsan said in an au­dio mes­sage sent to me­dia, us­ing Myan­mar’s for­mer name.

“Our ( train­ing) cen­ters, our re­sources, train­ing, peo­ple, ev­ery­thing is avail­able to pro­vide com­fort to you.”

Roughly 4 per­cent of Myan­mar’s 51 mil­lion peo­ple are Mus­lim, with the Ro­hingya mak­ing up slightly more than half of the com­mu­nity.

The TTP has killed thou­sands of peo­ple in its bloody fight against the Pak­istani state since 2007 but has rarely shown much in­ter­est in tak­ing its strug­gle be­yond the coun­try’s bor­ders.

But the Ro­hingya is­sue is be­gin­ning to stir public opin­ion in Pak­istan.

Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has re­port­edly set up a spe­cial com­mit­tee to sug­gest what Pak­istan can do to help the Ro­hingya, and on Sun­day pro­test­ers burned the Myan­mar flag in the cen­tral city of Mul­tan.


Ac­tivists protest in sup­port of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Karachi on Sun­day, June 7.

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