'Rook in Geopolitical Chess' Myanmar Exploits US-Sino Tensions in Rohingya Clash

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Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Akram, while speaking to the protesters, said that they will march towards the Wagah Border near Lahore and "walk all the way to Myanmar to aid Rohingyas if India grants us passage".

According to United Nations estimates, up to 300,000 Rohingya could be displaced into neighbouring Bangladesh due to "clearance operations" by the Tatmadaw, Burma's armed forces. The latest bloodshed has resulted in 146,000 people fleeing the area, mostly into neighbouring Bangladesh.

"The numbers are so alarming - it really means that we have to step up our response and that the situation in Myanmar has to be addressed urgently".

The violence followed attacks on security posts by militants.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Shirin Ebadi has accused Suu Kyi of having "turned her back on democracy once she came to power" and said the Burmese leader has failed to live up to the prize's ideals. A BBC reporter who was on a government-chaperoned trip around Rakhine state said he spoke with Burmese men who admitted to burning a Rohingya village with the help of local police. Myanmar has said it is was counting on China and Russian Federation to protect it from any Security Council censure.

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators - Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Republican John McCain of Arizona - issued a joint resolution condemning the "horrific acts of violence" against the Rohingya and imploring Suu Kyi "to play an active role in ending this humanitarian tragedy".

We have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens.

With Rohingya refugees still flooding across the border from Myanmar, those packed into camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh were becoming desperate on Saturday for scant basic resources as hunger and illness soared. "We need huge financial resources". At least 300 boats carrying Rohingya arrived in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on Wednesday, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

The fires were blazing in the ethnically mixed Rathedaung township, where populations of Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists live side by side.

It says about 30,000 non-Muslims have been displaced.

The Myanmar government, led by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, has rejected the accusations of atrocities against the Rohingya community, who are denied citizenship despite living in the Buddhist majority country for generations.

"In Myanmar's new, more democratic era, the debate over the proper place of Buddhism, and the role of political leadership in protecting it, is being recast", the report states.

"What we know is what people are saying as they come across, and what they're saying now, given this been going on since August 25, is they are in an absolutely desperate state", said IOM's Leonard Doyle.

"The UN and INGOs have not been very welcome in Rakhine and...they are not able to operate and ensure the safety and security of their staff and volunteers", said Joy Singhal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

In 2016, about 85,000 Rohingya poured into Bangladesh, fleeing rape, torture and murder at the hands of Myanmar security forces. But it would seem the plan is unlikely to be accepted there.

In a report, United Nations investigators said the human rights violations constituted crimes against humanity.

"If safety can not even be found in area capitals, then no place may be safe", said Phil Robertson, the group's deputy Asia director.

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