Aung San Suu Kyi draws heavy flak for inaction


Turning to Myanmar's de facto leader, Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, Awad noted that she is a part of the violence and he does not know why she was given a Nobel Peace Prize.

Critics have called for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel peace prize for failing to do more to halt the strife.

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A spokesman for the Presidential office said she had called off her trip for two reasons.

Hasina criticized Myanmar's authorities for the recent violence against the Rohingya, which she said had reached a level beyond description. "Perhaps she's got more pressing matters here to deal with", Aung Shin, the spokesman, told Reuters.

The United Nations says 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the Army launched a huge security operation in response to attacks by militants late last month.

Pakistan on Saturday summoned Myanmar's ambassador to Islamabad to lodge its protest against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

United Nations agencies estimate more than a quarter-million refugees have arrived on the border of Bangladesh in the last two weeks, joining at least 100,000 who were already there after fleeing earlier riots or persecution in Buddhist-majority Burma.

Fresh violence erupted in Rakhine state almost two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya and thousands of them have been slaughtered.

She pledged that Bangladesh would do its best to help the Rohingya, but said Myanmar should take steps soon to "take their nationals back".

The military, which ruled with an iron fist for nearly 50 years until it began a transition to democracy in 2011, retains important political powers and is in full control of security.

He said the crisis in Myanmar is a political issue and should not be reduced to a religious conflict between Muslims and Buddhists, although he said religious prejudice may have been involved.

At a public meeting held at the Numaish Grounds on Sunday, which was attended by several Islamic scholars and Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Maulana Hamed Mohammed Khan, the president of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Telangana and Odhisa) said that the Telangana Government should provide the Rohingyas with Wakf land in the city.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should convene to discuss the crisis in Myanmar, he said.