No links with IS, ISI: Rohingya refugee to Supreme Court

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Sep 23, 2017, 08:58 AM(IST)

Rohingya refugees living in concrete pipes in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on September 20. Photograph:( Reuters )

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A Rohingya refugee has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court of India, denying the Indian government's claims that the Muslim community from Myanmar has terror links with the ISI and the Islamic State ||The affidavit states that?the Rohingyas be treated at par with Tibetan and Sri Lankan refugees

A Rohingya refugee has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court of India, denying the Indian government's claims that the Muslim community from Myanmar has terror links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Islamic State.

The affidavit states that the Rohingyas should be treated at par with Tibetan and Sri Lankan refugees, a media outlet reported.

The affidavit accessed by the media outlet dismisses the claims of the Indian government that the Muslim community is a threat to the country, stating that Rohingyas have not indulged in any anti-national activity.

The affidavit relies upon Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti's statement in the state assembly that "no Rohingya has been found involved in militancy-related incidents."

The top court is already hearing a Public Interest Petition (PIL) filed by two Rohingya refugees that challenge the government’s decision to deport around 40,000 people of the community. 

The Indian government earlier told the top court that besides being a security threat because of links to the ISI and the IS, Rohingyas will exhaust natural resources meant for Indian citizens resulting in hostility and social tensions.

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