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Taslima Nasreen says all Rohingyas are not terrorists, India should give them shelter

Expressing sympathy towards Rohingya Muslims, controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has said that all Rohingyas are not terrorists, and India should give shelter to refugees.

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Expressing sympathy towards Rohingya Muslims, controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has said that all Rohingyas are not terrorists, and India should give shelter to refugees.

Taslima Nasreen made remarks when asked if she think asylum should also be extended to Rohingyas, after the Centre made it clear to Supreme Court that they are 'illegal' immigrants and pose 'serious national security ramifications'.

"I would still request Indian government to reconsider its decision," she told CNN-News18.

Reacting to Indian government's stand, she said, "In that sense, they are a security threat for Bangladesh as well, but Dhaka has given shelter to refugees."

 

Further stating that all Rohingyas are not terrorists, she added, "Maybe some of them are, but if they live in India I believe Indian government can check terrorism much better than Bangladesh government can do or Pakistan can do."

Taslima Nasreen's visa, who has been living in exile since she left Bangladesh was extended for one year. A citizen of Sweden, has been getting Indian visa on a continuous basis since 2004.

The government had told the parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India. However, some inputs indicate that around 40,000 undocumented Rohingyas were staying in India, mostly in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan regions. 

 

The military response to insurgent attacks last month in the western region of Myanmar sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh, escaping what the United Nations has branded as ethnic cleansing. 

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence over the ongoing humanitarian crisis and said that the country is ready to verify refugees status to aid return of those who wish to, and doesn't fear 'international scrutiny'.

She also said that she 'feels deeply' for the suffering of 'all people' caught up in conflict scorching through Rakhine state.

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