New Delhi, Sept 13: After the United Nations ‘deplored’ India’s move to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees, the Prime Minister’s Office convened a meeting of top officials to discuss the issue. Senior Intelligence department functionaries were reportedly present at the meet, giving inputs to the PMO over the threat posed to nation’s internal security by the Muslim immigrants from Myanmar.
The meeting was called by top aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nripendra Misra, and attended by senior officials including National Security Advisor (NSA) chief Ajit Doval.
The intel report reviewed at the PMO, as reported by NDTV, concluded, “In our assessment, penetration of Pakistan-based terrorist outfits among Rohingya Muslims community is a serious emerging threat, as the same would ultimately be used for targeting India.”
The assessment by Indian intelligence officials comes in the backdrop of Pakistan-based terrorists Hafiz Saeed and Molana Masood Azhar, backing the struggle of ROhingyas, urging the Muslim community across the world to express solidarity with them.
Saeed’s outfit Falah-e-Insaniyat is actively engaged in the aide of Rohingya refugees in Pakistan. Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Muhammad, penned in support of Rohingyas on Monday, saying “their sacrifice should make the Muslim ummah (community) rise against our enemies.”
As per the report on Rohingya crisis submitted in December 2016 by the panel led by former UN general secretary Kofi Annan, hardline radicalism has creeped into the Arakan (Rakhine) region of Myanmar. The report states both – Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army and Haraka al Yaqeen – are religiously motivated extremist outfits who pose a threat to Myanmar and adjoining regions.
According to Veena Sikri, former envoy of India to Bangladesh, claims the Rohingya militants are also being strategically used by Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
“Sometimes, we need to look at the issue with long-term historical perspective. The Arakan region has been strategically used by the Al Qaeda and the ISI,” she told India.com, adding that the settlement of Rohingya migrants in Jammu region could further destabilise the situation in Kashmir Valley.
Her comments come in the backdrop of Intel officials reportedly probing the link of one Rohingyan immigrant in Jammu, who allegedly functioned as the “terror guide” for the eight JeM terrorists who infiltrated into Pulwama to carry out an attack on the district police lines.
On Tuesday, UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein named and condemned India for its decision to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees, saying New Delhi is aware of the implication of its move, as the immigrants were persecuted and rushed out from Myanmar.
“I deplore current measures in India to deport Rohingyas at a time of such violence against them in their country,” Zeid said, adding that New Delhi should act with a sense of “basic human compassion”.
His statements were countered by MoS, Home Ministry, Kiren Rijiju, who said India should not be painted as a “villain” for taking steps keeping the state’s security at helm.
Sikri, the ex-ambassador to Bangladesh, supported the views expressed by Rijiju, saying, “The issue should not be viewed from a prism of religion. The influx of Rohingya immigrants concerns our national security. Even Bangladesh sees the threat emerging. It is one of the reasons why they are reluctant to accept more immigrants.”