Friday, July 27, 2012

Pakistani Taliban threatens Burma over Rohingya issue

Friday, 27 July 2012 13:53 Mizzima News

Burma has been threated with attacks by an umbrella group of the Pakistani Taliban over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims in the western area of Burma.

Attacks to avenge crimes against the Rohingya will begin, the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) said in a statement on Thursday, unless Pakistan halts all relations with the Burmese government and shuts the country's embassy in Islamabad.

Indonesian lawmaker Eva Kusuma Sundari. Photo: Facebook

The TTP told Muslims in Burma, “We will take revenge of your blood.”

A Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, demanded that the Pakistani government halt intra-national relations and close Burma's embassy.

“Otherwise we will not only attack Burmese interests anywhere but will also attack the Pakistani fellows of Burma one by one,” he said in a statement.

US officials said earlier that there is evidence the Taliban group was behind a failed 2010 attempt to bomb Times Square in New York, for which Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad was jailed for life.

TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud has been charged in the United States over the killings of seven CIA agents who died when a Jordanian Al-Qaeda double agent blew himself up at a US base in Afghanistan in December 2009.

Recent clashes in western Burma between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya have left up to 78 people dead and tens of thousands living in refugee camps.

Meanwhile, an Indonesian politician has come forward to condemn violence against the Rohingya, according to wire reports.

Asean Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus chairman Eva Kusuma Sundari, who represents Indonesia's PDI-P party, said Asean and the rest of the international community need to put political pressure on Burma to resolve the plight of the Rohingyas Asean called for an "explantion" from Burma this week, explaining the violence and clashes in the state.

Last week, Amnesty International (AI) said hundreds of people, mostly men and boys, have been detained in sweeps of areas heavily populated by the Rohingya, with almost all held incommunicado and some ill-treated.

AI said there were “credible reports” of abuses - including rape, destruction of property and unlawful killings - by both Rakhine Buddhists and the security forces.

The European Commission also issued a report on Friday calling for international access to the western area in order to provide more aid to the people affected by the clashes between Muslim and Buddhists.

Decades of discrimination have left the Rohingya stateless. There are thought to be 800,000 in Burma. The United Nations calls them one of the world's most persecuted minorities.

According to Wikipedia, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, sometimes referred to as the Pakistani Taliban, is an umbrella organization of various Islamist militant groups based in the northwestern area of Pakistan along the Afghan border.

The TTP is not directly affiliated with the Afghan Taliban movement led by Mullah Omar, with both groups differing greatly in their histories, strategic goals and interests.

The Afghan Taliban, with the alleged support of Pakistan, operate against international coalition and Afghan security forces in Afghanistan but are strictly opposed to targeting the Pakistani state. In contrast, the TTP has almost exclusively targeted elements of the Pakistani government although it took credit for the 2009 Camp Chapman attack and the 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt.

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