By Iram Salim
Islamabad July 8 (http://www.pakdestiny.com)
The death toll in Syria since protests erupted against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad last March has touched 9,000 while hundreds of Muslims have been killed in western Burma during the last one month or so as well but our poor media is too domesticated that it hardly bothers to tell the people of Pakistan what is going on in the world.
Switch on to any TV news channel and you find anchors are mourning over what happening in Pakistan due to politicians but they never bother to do a programme on the killings of thousands of Muslims at the hands of a Muslim regime.
Yes they are concerned but about what happening in neighboring India. Madhuri Dixist visited Taj Mahal in veil or how Vidia Balan’s ‘dirty picture’ did on box office or the release Hollywood’s Superman 5.
One hardly would have seen a single show hosted by so-called top anchors on Syria and Burma issue. One can only ask them to please grow up and make the people aware about what is happening in the world.
According to a human rights group, the toll consists of 6,500 civilians, 1,850 soldiers and police, and 440 rebel troops. Bashar-al-Assad is getting scot free of all killings.
On the other hand, a good number of people, not accounted for yet, have been killed in a wave of communal violence in western Burma in June and July, a government official said on Thursday.
Rakhine state has been rocked by rioting, arson and a cycle of revenge attacks involving Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya, prompting growing international concern.
Burma officials and many Burmese, including the mostly Buddhist ethnic Rakhine, consider the Rohingya to be illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh, and refer to them as “Bengalis”.
The dead bodies of eight more ethnic Rakhine were found in the village of Yathedaung, about 40 miles from the state capital Sittwe, the official said.
“These people were killed during clashes with Bengalis,” he told AFP by telephone from Sittwe.
About 800,000 Rohingya live in Burma, according to the United Nations, which describes them as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.
Bangladesh, where an estimated 300,000 Rohingya live, has been turning back Rohingya boats arriving on its shores since the outbreak of the unrest.
Rohingya leaders say the real number of dead could be much higher than the figures given by authorities. – (http://www.pakdestiny.com)
Channel 4 News UK Report on Burma: