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JeM Militant Group Chief Masood Azhar Calls For Action In Myanmar

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In the wake of difficulties faced by the Muslim population in Myanmar, specifically the Rohingya Muslims that are designated as 'stateless', Pathankot attack mastermind, the chief of Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group Masood Azhar has called for action in the region.

"It is because of the sacrifices of the Myanmar Muslims that the ummah (nation) is waking up and we are seeing this new awakening among the Muslims of the world… The entire Muslim ummah [nation] is feeling the pain of the Muslim nation," Azhar wrote in his regular column in al-Qalam.

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The call made by Azhar marks the first time that any such call for action in Myanmar has been made by any jihadi organisation, although several other Muslim bodies in the past have issued stern reactions on the Myanmar government's crackdown against the Rohingya Muslims.

“Even though the ongoing insurgency in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has shown relatively rudimentary military capacities, with attacks against troops and police sometimes carried out with knives and machetes, Indian intelligence believes Jaish operatives helped provide training to Rohingya jihadists at camps run in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts in 2013-14,” a report in Indian Express said.

Azhar is accused of masterminding the attack on the Pathankot airbase in January where 7 security personnel and 1 civilian were killed. While India has been demanding a United Nations sanction to ban Azhar and his militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad, China has blocked the move multiple times.