By Dr.Asjad Bokhari
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The beautiful mountains of Arakan divide the state from central Burma and the beautiful plains of the state house a population of 800,000 Rohingya Muslims who claim to be living on these shores for hundreds of years. A claim resolutely denied by the Military rulers of Burma and the Buddhist community as they believe that Rohingya population are descendants of Chittagong Bengalis and only moved to Burma in 1863. Even if the twisted version of the dictator party is accepted as correct still it has been a good 150 years since these people started living their lives in Burma. They are not considered citizens though and are not issued with passports or rights of citizenship by a government which derives its power from the Buddhist religious base. Over the last 70 years these Muslims have been given the rough end of the deal by British, Japanese and the Burmese governments resulting in a mass exodus to Bangladesh and Thailand. Situation changed dramatically when Bangladesh decided to seal her borders to these refugees as they are struggling with the sheer numbers and the thigh border guards let the ship of these refugees sink and the men and women aboard drown..
The military and security forces of Burma led the Muslim hunting process which is continuing with no end in sight. UN or aid agencies are not allowed in Rakhine and media organisations are banned as well. Any food or lifesaving supplies cannot be given directly and have to go through the government aid agency. This leaves Muslims of Arakan helpless, hopeless and in a miserable plight awaiting torture, death and destruction on daily basis.
The silence of the graveyard, where lies the corpse of Muslim ummah and their unity and brotherhood. As for Burmese Rohingya Muslims the writing is on the wall, no oil, no money, no state of their own and no monitory benefits to attract the Muslim governments and their media, so all they can do is to await the slaughter that shall come sooner or later. One resolution in UN unanimously drafted by Islamic world could do the trick by putting diplomatic pressure on militant rulers of Burma but frankly who cares and who has got the time to avert the spice of life and think about poor Muslims of Burma.