No intel report about security threat from Rohingyas till 2014: Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah said that there was no intelligence input suggesting that Rohingyas were a security threat in the state till 2014.

Published: 19th September 2017 01:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2017 01:00 AM   |  A+A-

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah (File | PTI)

By PTI

SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said today that there was no intelligence input suggesting that Rohingyas were a security threat in the state till 2014.

The National Conference leader was reacting to the affidavit filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court that Rohingyas' presence in the country would pose a "serious" national security threat.

"This threat, at least in J&K, is a post-2014 development. No such intelligence reports ever came up for discussion in Unified HQ meetings," Omar, who was the chief minister of the state till 2014, wrote on Twitter.

The Unified Headquarters comprises Army, para-military forces, police and state and central intelligence agencies.

The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister is the chairperson of the group.

Terming the Rohingya refugees as "illegal" immigrants, the central government today told the Supreme Court that some of them were part of a "sinister" design of Pakistan's ISI and terror groups such as the ISIS, whose presence in the country will pose a "serious" national security threat.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) made its stand clear in a much-awaited affidavit in the apex court, in which it also said the fundamental right to settle in any part of the country was available only to citizens and not the Rohingyas.

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