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Govt should see Rohingyas as refugees, not Muslims: Owaisi

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

If refugees from Tibet,and can stay in India, why not the Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has said.

He also cited the case of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who has taken shelter in for over a decade now following threats from Islamic fundamentalists in her country.


Attacking the over its stance on Rohingyas, who are fleeing Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state, he said, "Is it humane that you want to send back those who have lost everything. This is wrong."

If Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen can take shelter in India, why not the Rohingya Muslims? he asked while addressing a gathering here late last night.

"When Taslima Nasreen became your sister, can't Rohingya become your brother, Mr Modi," Owaisi, the member from Hyderabad, said.

The at the centre should not see the Rohingyas as Muslims but as refugees, he maintained.

"We want to tell the government, don't look at them as Muslims. They are refugees," he said.

"gave shelter to refugees from Tibet, those from and Chakma refugees from Bangladesh," Owaisi said.

"When it was told that they (Lankan refugees) are taking part in terror, what was done? They were shifted from one camp to another," the All Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader alleged.

The Constitution of gives right to equality and that applies to refugees as well, Owaisi said.

"The says we will send all Rohingyas back. We want to ask the Indian prime minister, under which law you will send them back, which law?" he asked.

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First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 16:57 IST
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