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Senate urges govt to dispatch relief, financial support to Rohingya Muslims

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the atrocities being committed on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The Senate also called upon the government of Pakistan to immediately take up the matter with the UN secretary general and consider dispatching of relief and financial support to Rohingya Muslims.

The resolution, moved by Leader of the House Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, termed the oppression being perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims at the behest of the Myanmar government which was aided and abetted by Buddhist extremists as crimes against humanity.

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It strongly condemned these crimes and killings and stated that they are tantamount to genocide against a peaceful community who are being persecuted on the grounds of race and religion.

The resolution said women are being raped, children and men butchered as part of an organized ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. The House also urged the International Community to take notice of crimes being committed against humanity.

The House also passed another resolution moved by Sehar Kamran calling for making Democratic Civic Education part of curriculum and educational activities compulsory.

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The resolution also emphasized on the Public Service Broadcasters and Independent Private Media to devote a fair amount of time to expand their understanding about the Constitution.

The Resolution stressed the need for establishing a National Democracy Commission to promote and develop a democratic culture in the country as envisaged in the Charter of Democracy.

Speaking on the resolution, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said that state broadcasters like Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television are already presenting programmes to enhance people’s understanding about democracy and the constitutions.



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