Rohingya Crisis: Masood Azhar Calls For Action Against Myanmar

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Islamabad: Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar on Tuesday called for action against Myanmar over its alleged crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

In an article published this weekend, Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar called for his followers to prepare for action in Myanmar and warned the country to prepare “for the thudding sound of the footsteps of its conquerors”. “We have to do something, and do it urgently”, read the article, published in the group’s house magazine, al-Qalam.

“The entire Muslim ummah [nation] is feeling the pain of the Muslim nation,” Azhar wrote in his regular column in al-Qalam under the pen-name ‘Saadi’. “It is because of the sacrifices of the Myanmar Muslims that the ummah is waking up and we are seeing this new awakening among the Muslims of the world, reported Indian Express.

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The violence in Myanmar erupted following an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group on police and military posts in Rakhine state, leading to a violent offensive by the Myanmar army. The death toll has touched 400, according to official figures. Indiscriminate firing at local communities and torching of entire villages and other human rights violations were also reported. Some 290,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape the violence.