Indian intelligence officials establish link between Rohingya Muslims and Pak-based terror outfits

Top officials have met in the Prime Minister’s Office following international criticism of India’s plans to deport Rohingya Muslims, who have escaped from the Myanmar violence.

As per NDTV reports, the meeting was called by Nripendra Misra, the top aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those in the meeting included National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the heads of intelligence agencies including the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).

The report said that those in the meeting discussed the possible links between the Rohingya Muslims and terror groups in Pakistan. The group concluded in their assessment the penetration of Pakistan-based terrorist outfits among Rohingya Muslims community is a serious emerging threat, as the same would ultimately be used for targeting India.

The intelligence note also reviewed that Rohingya insurgents in Myanmar have established links to Hafiz Saeed and his Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is based in Pakistan and is responsible for the 26/11 siege on Mumbai among other deadly terror attacks in India.

Currently, there are around 40,000 Rohingyas living in India. The community is scattered in Jammu, Hyderabad and in New Delhi.

Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday in response tweeted “This chorus of branding India as villain on Rohingya issue is a calibrated design to tarnish India’s image. It undermines India’s security.” The remark appeared to be a response to the UN’s upbraiding earlier this week.

However, the report added that the officials present in the meeting said deporting the Rohingyas is impractical, as they have no nation to go to, adding that there would be difficulty in distinguishing between illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who regularly stream across the porous border and Rohingyas.