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.


Pakistan PM Imran Khan fires back after criticism from Donald Trump

Updated 19 November 2018
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Pakistan PM Imran Khan fires back after criticism from Donald Trump

  • Imran Khan tweeted that Pakistan had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123 billion in the “US War on Terror”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s prime minister fired back Monday after President Donald Trump accused the country of harboring Osama bin Laden despite getting billions of dollars in American aid.
Imran Khan tweeted that Pakistan had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123 billion in the “US War on Terror,” despite the fact that no Pakistanis were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. He said the US has only provided a “minuscule” $20 billion in aid.
US commandos killed bin Laden in a May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he had been living in seclusion in a house near a well-known military academy. Pakistan denies it knew bin Laden’s whereabouts prior to the raid, which was carried out without its knowledge. It later arrested Dr. Shakil Afridi, who had run a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad to help the CIA confirm bin Laden’s whereabouts.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Trump said “everybody in Pakistan” knew bin Laden was there and no one said anything despite the US providing $1.3 billion a year in aid. Trump said he had cut off the aid “because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us.”
The US and Afghanistan have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to Islamic extremists and of harboring leaders of the Afghan Taliban. Pakistan denies those allegations, pointing to the heavy toll of its war against the Pakistani Taliban, a separate militant group that carries out attacks inside Pakistan.
Khan said Pakistan’s tribal areas along the border have been devastated by years of war, with millions uprooted from their homes.
He also pointed to the logistical support Pakistan has provided for the US war in Afghanistan. The main overland supply route for American forces fighting in Afghanistan runs through Pakistan.
Khan said the US has made Pakistan a “scapegoat” for its failures in Afghanistan, where the Taliban are stronger than at any point since the 2001 US-led invasion.