Pakistani newspaper blamed Jinnah for the plight of Rohingya Muslims

Pakistani editorial has blamed founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah for the plight of Rohingya Muslims and have dubbed govt's support as 'hypocrisy'

Amid massive violence in Rakhine state, a Pakistani editorial has blamed the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah for the situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Over 400 people have been killed in the clashes between security forces and Rohingya Muslims in Burma. The UN has claimed that over 123000 people have fled to Bangladesh following the violence.

The 2015 article published in had dubbed the government’s move to lend a support of $5 million for Rohingya Muslims as “blatant hypocrisy” and “vile opportunism”. The article states that the politicians in the government have using Rohingya Muslims to “sketch out a “world against us” picture that fuels Islamo-fascist jingoism that beefs up vote banks and TV ratings.”

It states that Muhammad Ali Jinnah had refused to let Rohingya Muslims reside in a country created for Muslims. Following which the Arakan Muslim League turned towards jihadism.

“Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s refusal to accommodate the Rohingya Muslims in a country ostensibly created as a ‘Muslim homeland’, turned the members of Arakan Muslim League towards jihadism and a radical fight for self-determination – a struggle that continues till this very day. The attitude of the founding fathers of Pakistan towards Rohingya Muslims mirrored their stance towards the Muslims that they were leaving behind in India,” excerpts from the editorial read as.

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Amid the current crisis, a number of people have started sharing the article published in the year 2015 on social media and highlighted that Rohingya Muslims turned to Jihaad after Jinnah refused to accommodate them.

Slamming the Pakistani government for the plight of the Rohingya Muslims, the editorial states, “if the government of Pakistan is so concerned about the tragic state of the Rohingya Muslims, maybe it should start with facilitating its own Rohingya population in Karachi, some of whom fled Pakistan’s own military abuses in Bangladesh to seek refuge wherever it could be found.”

The article further states that the Pakistani government should focus on helping its own “alienated communities” before making “shallow promises” to others adding that the country’s government involves “double-talkers” under the guise of politicians.

Meanwhile, India has asserted that Rohingyas are “illegal immigrants” and stand to be deported.”India has absorbed a maximum number of refugees in the world so nobody should give India any lessons on how to deal with refugees,” Union Minister Kiren Rijiju stated.

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