Myanmar Army chief to hold talks with Indian leaders


28th July, 2015 03:36:55 printer

Myanmar Army chief to hold talks with Indian leaders

Defence sources said increased bilateral military ties and better border management will be one of the key areas of focus of the visit.

NEW DELHI: As the visiting Myanmar Army chief senior general Min Aung Hlaing holds talks with the Indian leadership here on the possibilities of better coordination against Indian insurgents operating from its soil, New Delhi is likely to flag how Pakistan's espousing the cause of Rohingya Muslims of Rakhine state is set to boost efforts by Pakistan-sponsored terror groups like Lashker-e-Toiba to radicalise the community and impart them terror training in camps along the Indo-Bangladesh border.


Hlaing is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag and national security adviser Ajit Doval here on Tuesday and Wednesday. India, during the talks, is likely to underline the common threat faced by the two countries from radicalised Rohingya Muslims, who may try to draw global attention to their cause by carrying out terror acts in Myanmar and elsewhere.


"ISI-backed terror outfits like Lashker, Jamaat ud Dawah and Falah-I-Insaniyat Foundation (FiF) have been hobnobbing with Rohingya community leaders and organizing jehadi training along Bangladesh-Myanmar border," a senior Indian intelligence official said adding that Islamabad's open support to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar comes hand-in-hand with its attempts to improve relations at the government level. "This is another instance of classic double speak that Pakistan is well known for," commented the officer.


Earlier this month, on July 3, Pakistan, in a bid to embarrass Myanmar, sponsored a resolution at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, condemning "all violations and abuses of human rights in Myanmar, in particular against Rohingya Muslims". It called upon Myanmar government to ensure protection of the community and take necessary measures to ensure accountability by undertaking transparent and independent investigation into human rights violations by it.


The resolution urged Myanmar to protect places of worship, ensure return of refugees, grant full citizenship rights to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, and allow full access of humanitarian assistance to affected persons and communities.


The sponsorship of the above resolution by Pakistan, castigating Myanmar, is not an isolated event. Pakistan-based terror outfits like LeT, JuD and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FiF) have all been known for their deep links with Rohingya Muslims.


In 2012, JuD had organized a 'Difa e Musalman Arakan Conference' in Karachi to mobilize its cadres for anti-Myanmar campaign. JuD chairman and 26/11 attacks mastermind Hafiz Muhammad Sayeed shared the dais with Maulana Abdus Qudus Burmi, chief of Harkat-ud-Jihad Islami, Arakan, and Noor Hussain Arakani (Rohinya Solidarity Organisation). Shortly after, a JuD team visited Bangladesh-Myanmar border to set up training camps for Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar.


FIF vice-chairman Shahid Mehmood had in 201, along with JuD spokesperson (Sind) Nadeem Awan, visited the Bangladesh-Myanmar border to assess the condition of Rohingya Muslims. Though FIF was engaged in extensive activities among Rohingya Muslims displaced to Bangladesh, agencies here believe its cadres were working to radicalize the community and impart terror training in the garb of relief and rehabilitation work.