Rohingyas ‘using fake passports to reach KSA’

Updated 16 April 2013
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Rohingyas ‘using fake passports to reach KSA’

Some of the Muslim Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh come to the Kingdom for employment with fake Bangladeshi passports, a senior Dhaka government official claimed.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu told a group of visiting foreign journalists here that some of these refugees, who were trained in militancy, have been sent to countries such as the UK, India and to some Middle Eastern countries such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia for various purposes.
According to the official, these refugees were arrested in those countries for committing various crimes. Subsequently, it was found that they were Muslim Rohingyas, who had crossed the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in the south of the country.
The minister alleged that these refugees have doctored the passports with the help of the NGOs that were working for the Muslim Rohingya camp in Bangladesh. He said that these NGOs have some links with local political parties dedicated to terror.
He said Bangladesh is home to more than 2,000 NGOs, and added that his government is greatly concerned about the issue that brings disrepute to his country.
“Muslim Rohingyas could be easily differentiated from Bangladeshis by their language since they cannot speak Bengali,” Inu said, pointing out they can only speak Rohingya and Myanmar languages. He said that the upkeep of the refugees in the camp is partly funded by the UNHCR and maintaining them is going to be a huge financial burden on the state. With the new government in power in Myanmar, Bangladesh plans to take up the issue of sending them back home.
Arab News learned that the recent Saudi delegation that visited Dhaka, had expressed concerns over the fake Bangladesh passports found among Rohingya refugees and their misdoings in the Kingdom.
Last month, the Bangladesh government urged the international community to work closely with Dhaka to assist in the process of repatriation of Myanmar refugees in the country.
The government said repatriation of Myanmar refugees was important to prevent transnational crimes including human trafficking, illicit drugs and arms trafficking as well as religious extremism along Bangladesh-Myanmar border.


Pakistan appoints new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz assumes his new role on Monday. (Supplied)
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Pakistan appoints new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

  • Prior to this appointment he served as the consul general of Pakistan in New York

JEDDAH: Raja Ali Ejaz, a career diplomat, assumed his responsibilities as ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia on Monday. 
Prior to this appointment he served as the consul general of Pakistan in New York. He also served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad as director general (United Nations) from January 2013 to January 2014. 
He previously held the post of director in the Office of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (2004-2006), as desk officer for India (1996-1998) and desk officer for South East Asia and the Pacific (1991-1992). 
He has served at various overseas assignments at the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul (1992-1996), at the High Commission for Pakistan in London (1998-2001), the Embassy of Pakistan in Bucharest (2001-2004) and the Embassy of Pakistan in Mexico (2006-2012). 
He attended the Civil Service Academy in Lahore from 1990 to 1991.
Ejaz’s appointment to the Kingdom comes at a time when Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are trying to strengthen their diplomatic relations.
The two countries have traditionally enjoyed close military ties. Now, they are also building strong relationship in the areas of finance, commerce and investment.