Pakistani Christians express their closeness to the hard-pressed Rohingya Muslims. Rohingya Muslims have been subjected to inhumane violence by the Myanmar military. With an intention to express solidarity with the affected Rohingyas, Pakistani Christians organized a press conference in National Press Club in Islamabad.
This press conference was attended by media representatives who covered the conference. Prominent Christian leader Asiya Nasir was also present. On this occasion, Pastor Pervaiz Sohail also addressed those present. Talking to media, Pastor Pervaiz Sohail and Asiya Nasir condemned the human rights abuses being perpetrated by the Myanmar military.
Asiya Nasir who is member of National Assembly, stated that Pakistani Christians are deeply saddened by the atrocities being committed against the Rohinyas. It was jointly stated that: “Our Christian leadership and community stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Rohingya.”
“Our prayers are with them in this difficult time. Daily prayers will be offered for protection and safety of innocent lives. Christian leadership of Pakistan requests the international community and human rights leaders to speed up the efforts to save our Muslim brothers and sister in Rohingya.”
Pakistani Christians also offered prayers for Pakistan saying that they lift their country in prayers. “We also pray for our Pakistan. May Pakistan become land of peace and harmony. It will be an example for other nations to follow.” They stated that interfaith harmony was the need of the hour so that extremism may be uprooted from the society.
In line with a careful estimate, 809,000 Rohingyas are taking shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar. Since August 25, in excess of half a million of Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh where at least 300,000 Rohingya refugees were nestled already.
Robert Watkins, the UNs coordinator in Bangladesh, explained: “The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, many having experienced severe trauma, and are now living in extremely difficult conditions.” Recently, the UN committees for women and children’s rights urged Myanmar’s authorities to immediately stop violence in northern Rakhine state. “We are particularly worried about the fate of Rohingya women and children subject to serious violations of their human rights, including killings, rape and forced displacement.”
“Such violations may amount to crimes against humanity and we are deeply concerned at the state’s failure to put an end to these shocking human rights violations being committed at the behest of the military and other security forces.”