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Pakistan PM forms cabinet committee on Rohingya relief efforts

Islamabad, June 7 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constituted a federal cabinet committee to suggest measures and relief efforts that Islamabad can undertake for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.

The committee members include Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Advisor on National and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, and Special Assistant to the premier, Tariq Fatemi.

The committee will meet later in the day to deliberate on the issue of Rohingya Muslims and evaluate Pakistan’s role in alleviating the crisis.

In a statement on Sunday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan lamented over the international community’s inaction and “criminal silence” on the “atrocities” in Myanmar. He slammed human rights organisations for not taking appropriate measures to highlight the persecution and genocide of the Rohingya people.

“The silence of such bodies raises serious questions about the utility and effectiveness of international forums that proclaim themselves as upholders, defenders and promoters of human rights and democratic values,” Nisar said.

The interior minister made an appeal to the UN, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the entire Muslim world and regional powers to not close their eyes to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims.

He said ignorance on the part of these bodies would nullify recent efforts aimed at addressing grievances of Muslims to wean away their youth falling into the traps of militants.

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