(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Extremist Muslim group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)
threatened to attack Myanmar to avenge crimes against Muslim Rohingya, unless
Pakistan breaks off relations with that country and shuts its embassy in
Islamabad. In a rare statement on the plight of Muslims abroad, the TTP described
itself as a defender of Muslims in Myanmar, promising to "take revenge of your
blood". The Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also sent a letter to
Myanmar President Thein Sein, calling for an end to violence against the ethnic
minority in the basis of international law.
spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan told the Pakistani government to cut ties with
Myanmar and close its embassy; "Otherwise we will not only attack Burmese
interests anywhere, but will also attack the Pakistani friends of Burma one by
the TTP has frequently claimed attacks on security forces in Pakistan, it is
unclear whether it can operate abroad or not. For US officials however, there
is evidence the group was behind a failed 2010 attempt to bomb Times Square in
Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu also intervened in the matter, writing to
Myanmar's president to seek assurances with regards to the safety and security
of the Rohingyas as Myanmar citizens. In his letter, Ihsanoglu called on Thein
Sein to take the appropriate for rapid and effective investigations into the
atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in the past few weeks.
of the OIC letters were also delivered to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and
the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
June, the District Court in Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State, sentenced three Muslim to
death, after they were found guilty in the rape and killing in late May of
Thida Htwe, a young Arakanese Buddhist, sparking
violent sectarian clashes between Muslims and Buddhists. In one
incident, an angry mob killed ten Muslims on a bus who were totally unconnected
to the violence. The spiral of hatred has resulted in unrest that left 29 people
dead, 16 Muslims and 13 Buddhists, as well as 38 wounded.
to official sources, at least 2,600 homes have been burnt. Hundreds of Rohingya
have tried to seek refuge in coastal Bangladesh, but were turned away by the local
is composed of more than 135 ethnic groups, who have not always easily coexisted.
In the past, the military junta has used an iron fist against the most
recalcitrant of them.
Muslims constitute about 4 per cent of a population of 60 million people, some
750,000 of them are Rohingya, according to the United Nations, mostly in
million or more are scattered in other countries such as Bangladesh, Thailand
coming to power over a year ago, Thein Sein has been moving the country from
military dictatorship to a limited form of democracy. For the first time since
he took office, the president recently declared a state of emergency in the aforementioned