Rohingya crisis: Humanity, diplomacy and an Intelligence Bureau note

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There is no one easy way to solve the Rohingya issue. After India said that it would start deporting the Rohingya from India, there was condemnation from several quarters.

Speaking to top officials in New Delhi who were part of a brain storming session on the issue, one gets the idea that there would be different approaches to tackle the problem. We see the humanitarian side to the problem and have even sent out relief. However there is a danger lurking around the issue as jihadis have planned on making merry of the problem, the officer said.

Rohingya crisis: Humanity, diplomacy and an Intelligence Bureau note

On the table at the meeting were petitions, statements and an Intelligence Bureau note. All these issues were seriously considered before it was decided that the approach needs to be multi-fold.

While India does recognise the human aspect to the problem, it would not act blindly on the cause as the country cannot be a happy hunting ground for the bloody thirsty Hafiz Saeed of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

The IB note makes several points to make out a case that the Rohingyas are vulnerable. The attempts made by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba to repeatedly reach out to them, the recent statement of support by Jaish-e-Mohammad boss Maulana Masood Azhar among the few points that have been made.

Attempts have been made to infiltrate the Rohingya settlements by Lashkar cadres and secret meetings on arms training that need to be imparted also forms part of the note.

It is a problem of plenty said the officer in the know of the meeting. The idea is not to drive them back to a place that is burning. The idea is to work a way around the problem. They will need to stay until the tensions in Myanmar simmer down. Talks would be held with the government there to find a way out. Moreover India has been in touch with Bangladesh as well following which the decision to send aid was made.

The officer while explaining that the problem has been fought on two fronts also speaks about the note which raises a red flag. There is visit to Thailand by Maulana Ustaad Wazir of the al-Qaeda the note speaks of. He is said to have visited there to train some Rohingyas the note also states. Further the note also says that while terror groups may not be entirely successful in radicalising all Rohingyas, they could try and infiltrate some others into their camps. The note further speaks about the need fo better border patrolling. The BSF has so far not been successful in convincing the Rohingya to return.

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