Hard-line Sri Lanka Buddhists mob attack Rohingya refugees

Sri Lankan Buddhists march in a rally in Colombo on Sept. 15, 2017 showing solidarity to Buddhists in Myanmar. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena/ file photo)
Updated 26 September 2017
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Hard-line Sri Lanka Buddhists mob attack Rohingya refugees

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: A group led by Buddhist monks mobbed a United Nations-run safe house for Rohingya Muslims claiming that they were terrorists and demanding they be sent back to Myanmar, prompting police to relocate them.
Dozens of protesters from Sri Lanka’s majority Buddhist community led a mob that entered a multi-storied house at Mount Lavinia on the outskirts of the Sri Lankan capital on Tuesday.
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said about 30 Rohingya Muslims were moved to a safe location following the protest led by monks and lay persons. Sri Lanka’s majority Sinahlese are Buddhists.
Gunasekara said Rohingya Muslims were arrested by Navy in April when they tried to illegally enter Sri Lanka. A court had ordered them be kept at a safe location run by the UN.


Pakistani authorities bar Musharraf from July polls

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Pakistani authorities bar Musharraf from July polls

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s elections oversight body has rejected the nomination of former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf, barring him from running for office in elections to be held next month.
The Election Commission of Pakistan on Tuesday rejected Musharraf’s candidacy for a National Assembly seat from the northwestern constituency of Chitral.
Musharraf is facing a treason case in Pakistan, lives in self-exile in Dubai and failed to appear before the country’s top court earlier this month. Subsequently, the court last week withdrew permission to allow Musharraf to run for office.
Election authorities also rejected nomination papers of former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, longtime politician Imran Khan, and former lawmakers Aysha Gulalai and Mahtab Abbasi from Islamabad. They can appeal. They are also contesting from other constituencies.