Hyderabad: Rohingya refugess should be allowed to take shelter in the country just like other refugees are, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday told that.
He even questioned India’s wish to get a permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council. Owaisi also mentioned about the noted Bangladeshi writer, Taslima Nasreen, who has been living in India in exile since 1994 and asserted that if the former can be the sister of Prime Minister Modi, why can’t Rohingyas be his ‘brothers’.
“If Taslima Nasreen can stay here, why can’t Rohingyas? If Taslima can be the prime minister’s sister, can’t Rohingyas become his brothers?” Owaisi said, while addressing a gathering.
“Is this humanity to send those people back who have lost everything? This is wrong. Under which law, can the Centre send all the Rohingya refugees back?” he added.
Further referring to the Sri Lankan refugees staying in Tamil Nadu, Owaisi said that they were allowed to stay in India even after being accused of spreading terrorism.
He even mentioned about the Chakma people of Bangladesh, who came to India in 1971 and have been living in Arunachal Pradesh, and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who is treated as a guest in India.
Owaisi even requested the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government to not see Rohingyas as Muslims, but to consider them are refugees.
This development came days after Bangladesh briefed India about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.
The UNHCR had said that at least 2,70,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from the violence-affected Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted.