Rohingya crisis is foreign policy matter for India, says Former AG Rohatgi

Brandon Parsons
September 20, 2017

Countries across the region fear they will feel the fallout from the crisis.

As per reports, Centre cited the Foreigners Act to seek the deportation of Rohingyas who have been termed as a threat to national security in the affidavit. The statement highlighted the "serious potential" for an "eruption of violence against the Buddhists who are Indian citizens who stay on Indian soil".

This came hours after sources in the government told Zee Media about possible links between Rohingya Muslims and Pakistan-based terror outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Al Qaeda.

Rohingya community leaders have denied any link with Islamist extremism.

The Centre filed the affidavit in response to a petition by Mohammad Salimullah and another Rohingya refugee challenging the move to deport them back to Myanmar, where they claim they will face certain death or torture. The government had told Parliament on August 9 that more than 14,000 Rohingyas are at present staying in India. The immigrants also challenged their deportation on grounds of violation of worldwide human rights conventions.

He said the government had evidence of the presence of militants among the refugees who fled a crackdown by the Myanmar government. "There should be no collective punishment".

Highly critical of the government's plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, he said Modi dispensation was hell bent to do so only due to their religion.

The Centre had further said that it is completely within the executive policy how to deal with illegal immigrants such as Rohingya Muslims.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that a final decision on the fate of Rohingya refugees in India would be taken by the Supreme Court.

Rohatgi said that people referring to Article 21 of the Indian constitution does not live in India and in reality don't have any right on the Indian Constitution. Myanmar has never granted them citizenship, even though most can show their families have been in the country for generations.

The U.N. General Assembly is meeting in NY this week.

"We have always condemned the attacks (on Myanmar security forces) and we will continue to do so in future", he said.

While Bangladesh has been the main destination for Rohingya over the years, some have ended up in India and Nepal.

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