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MPs condemn Rohingya genocide, blasphemous brochures

MPs condemn Rohingya genocide, blasphemous brochures

Sep 11, 2017 - 22:08

KABUL (Pajhwok): On their return from summer break, Wolesi Jirga members on Monday condemned what they called “Muslim genocide” in Myanmar and airdropping of blasphemous brochures by foreign forces in Parwan province.

The lower house members demanded a government investigation into airdropping anti-Islamic brochures by foreign forces in Parwan and cutting off ties with Burma by all Muslim countries, especially Afghanistan.

Blasphemous Leaflets:

US forces airdropped brochures that contained an image highly offensive to Muslims in the Bagram district of Parwan province on September 5. The leaflets contained the photo of a lion running towards a white dog, with Kalma Tayyeba written on its body.

Maj. Gen. James B. Linder, Commander of Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (SOJTF-A), had apologized for the incident. “The design of the leaflets mistakenly contained an image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam.”

This issue came first for discussion during the first session of the lower house of parliament following the 45-day summer recess.

Mullah Tarakhel Mohammadi, a Kochi representative, said: “We have rendered sacrifices for religion and are ready to sacrifice again; this act by foreign troop is an overt insult to Islam and its values. This act has hurt Afghans’ feelings.”

Lawmaker Obaidullah Barakzai from Uruzgan said by doing such things the foreign forces would provoke people to revolt against them.

Meanwhile, Allah Gul Mujahid, a legislator from Kabul, said: “Taliban are better than the US because the insurgents don’t harm our religion and honor. If the Americans don’t avoid insulting Islam, we will be up in arms and join Taliban against them.”

Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, a lawmaker from Herat province, said: “This act of foreign forces is a brazen disregard for Muslims and it has no justification. Our government shouldn’t remain silence in this regard.”

Some other lower house members also denounced foreign forces for the act that they said hurt feelings of Muslims.

The Wolesi Jirga by issuing a statement termed the leaflets as insult to Kalma Tayyeba and overt hostility and animosity towards Muslims. “Being indifferent towards religion and Islamic values intensifies the war on battlefields and no Afghan can tolerate abuse to Kalam Tayyeba.”

The statement asked foreign forces in Afghanistan to respect Islamic and cultural values of Afghans and avoid acts that provoked Afghans’ feelings.

The Wolesi Jirga also asked the Afghan government to seriously investigate the issue and prevent such provocations in future.

‘Muslim genocide’ in Myanmar:

Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing, the top UN human rights official has said.

In an address to the United Nations human rights council in Geneva, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein denounced the “brutal security operation” against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was “clearly disproportionate” to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

More than 310,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

The Wolesi Jirga condemned the Muslim massacre in Myanmar and urged Muslim countries to cut off ties with the country also known as Burma.

Mohammad Iqbal Safi, a representative from Kapisa, said: “We don’t know why the human rights defenders and the United Nations are tight lipped on the extermination of Muslims.”

A number of other members also denounced the Muslim killings in Burma. At the end, the Wolesi Jirga through a statement condemned the hideous act by Burmese authorities and asked for addressing of issues of Muslims in the country.

“Inaction by the international community would result in further persecution of Muslims in Burma.”

The lower house asked Islamic countries and the Afghan government to cut off ties with Burma to show solidarity with Rohingya Muslims.

The house asked the UN and human rights institutions to retake the Noble Prize given to Myanmar’s de facto civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.