Now, Rohingya insurgency in Burma

20-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Times of India | 6:00 AM Print This Post

In what comes as a major worry for India, a report released by Brussels-based International Crisis Group has pointed to the emergence of a new insurgent group, called Harakah Al Yakin (HaY), in the northern Rakhine state of Myanmar consisting of Rohingya Muslims. The outfit had launched coordinated attacks on border guards of Myanmar on October 9 and is headed by people having links to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

The ICG report said HaY was led by a committee of Rohingyas in Saudi Arabia and commanded on the ground by other Rohingyas, who had international training, support of local and international fatwas and backing from the local Muslim population.

Established after the clashes in Myanmar in 2012, HaY is overseen by a committee of some 20 senior mem bers headquartered in Mecca. “All are Rohingya emigres or have Rohingya heritage. They are well connected in Bangladesh, Pakistan and possibly India,” ICG said on the basis of interviews of HaY leaders.

The group is said to be receiving funds from Saudi Arabia and is suspected to have links with international jihadist groups.

India will closely watch the development as Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar-eTaiba have expressed solidarity with Rohingyas.

In fact, IM had carried out the July 7, 2013 blasts at Ma habodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, to avenge the killing of Rohingyas in Myanmar.

LeT bomb-maker Abdul Karim Tunda, had disclosed after his arrest in 2013 that he was trying to recruit Rohingya Muslims. Pakistan-based Hafiz Saeed has often spoken in support of Rohingyas.

“At its (HaY’s) prompting, senior Rohingya clerics and several foreign clerics have ruled that given the persecution Muslim communities face in Rakhine state, the campaign against the security forces is legal in Islam, and anyone opposing it is in opposition to Islam,” the ICG report said.


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