Sumitra Mahajan on Rohingya crisis: Can you take their burden?

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New Delhi | Published: September 19, 2017 3:52:00 PM

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan came in support of the government saying the nation was not ready to accept the burden of Rohingyas.

Sumitra Mahajan on Rohingya crisis, Sumitra Mahajan, Parliament, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra MahajanSumitra Mahajan has said the nation was not ready to accept the burden of Rohingyas. (ANI)

A day after the Centre told the Supreme Court that Rohingyas pose a threat to India’s security, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan came in support of the government saying the nation was not ready to accept the burden of Rohingyas. According to ANI, speaking to reporters today she said, ” We all know about Rohingya Muslims. Is the country ready to take their burden?.”

On Monday, the Centre filed an affidavit in the apex court, saying the presence of Rohingyas in the country posed threats to national security. It also pointed out that intelligence inputs suggested links of some Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror groups, Indian Express reported.

The government had also told the top court that the decision on whether or not to permit refugees to settle in India must be left to the Executive to decide. The court had earlier had told the government to file the affidavit after an appeal was filed before it against the deportation of the illegal immigrants to Myanmar. “As far as Rohingyas are concerned, they claimed to have entered from Myanmar using porous border between India and Myanmar. The total number of such illegal immigrants into our country would be more than 40,000 approximately as on date,” the Centre said in the apex court, as per Indian Express.

“Rohingya presence in the country has serious national security ramifications and it poses national security threats. The illegal influx of Rohingyas into India started in 2012-13 and inputs suggest links of some of the immigrants with Pak-based terror groups,” it said further, as per the paper. After hearing Centre’s reply, the court adjourned the hearing to October 3.

Meanwhile, Rajiv K Chander, India’s permanent representative to UN, today said that the only long-term solution to the situation in Myanmar is socio-economic and infrastructure development.

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