Pak Rohingya leaders rope in JuD to take up their cause


Bharti Jain

NEW DELHI: Prominent Dubai and Pakistan-based Rohingya leaders have enlisted the support of Lashkar-e-Taiba affiliate Jamaat-ud-Dawah to espouse the cause of Rohingya settlers in Pakistan and other countries including India, according to latest intelligence reports. In fact, JuD offshoot Falah-e-Insaniyat is allegedly collecting donations across Pakistan to provide relief material and medical aid to Rohingya immigrants.

Firdous Sheikh, the Dubai-based president of Rohingya Federation of Arakan, had visited Pakistan last month to attend a seminar organised in support of Rohingya Muslims. During this visit, he met Naveed Qamar, JuD ‘amir’ based in Karachi, along with Noor Hussain, Pakistan-based leader of Rohingya Solidarity Organisation and president, Burmese Muslim Welfare Organisation. Naveed informed them that two units of Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation each were functioning in Bangladesh and in Indonesia, where relief material and medical facilities were being provided to Rohingya refugees.

Agencies here have taken note of the efforts by Rohingya groups to raise the cause of Rohingya immigrants at forums in PoK, particularly as Jammu happens to have the largest concentration of Rohingya immigrants. The home ministry had in an advisory sent to the states in August warned of “security challenges posed to the country” by illegal influx of Rohingya. At a meeting in Kolkata last week, home minister Rajnath Singh spoke of the threat to internal security posed by some illegal immigrants having links with extremist groups. Times of India