WATCH | Government should see Rohingyas as refugees, not Muslims: AIMIM chief Owaisi

The AIMIM chief giving examples of the Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka refugees questioned Modi's government regarding the subject.

Published: 15th September 2017 11:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th September 2017 07:23 PM   |  A+A-

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi (File | PTI)

By PTI

HYDERABAD: If refugees from Tibet, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka can stay in India, why not the Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi has said.

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

WATCH VIDEO | If Taslima Nasreen can stay, why not Rohingyas, asks Asaduddin Owaisi

Attacking the NDA government 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 Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad, said.

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

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

"India gave shelter to refugees from Tibet, those from Sri Lanka 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 India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader alleged.

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

"The BJP government 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.

 

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.