Pakistan's Christian community protests against Rohingya 'genocide' in Myanmar

Christians in Pakistan gathered in front of the National Press Club to protest and demand an end to the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, calling on the international community to intervene in the situation.

(REUTERS / Mohammad Ponir Hossain)Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh. September 8, 2017.

The Christian protesters have asked the international community to provide protection to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Pakistan's Christian Citizen Forum chairman advocate Sheheryar Shams spoke up during the rally and said Myanmar's population of 60 million was made up of 22 percent Muslim and only 3 percent were minorities, the Pakistan Observer relayed.

In addition, Shams explained that Rohingya Muslims were denied of their nationality when they were illegally declared as foreigners.

In London, people gathered for a protest outside Myanmar's Embassy and called for an end to the "burning of Rohingya villages" and the killing of Muslims. They said the government's campaign against ARSA, also known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, was against humanity and also labeled it as "genocide," SBS reported.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh after attacks on police posts and a military base in Myanmar triggered clashes with militants. The new batch of refugees has been added to the thousands who have already sought refuge in the neighboring country during the previous conflicts.

With limited resources from humanitarian agencies, the new batch of refugees now faces the struggle for adequate food. Vivian Tan of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights said they will need the help of Bangladesh to be able to provide enough hot meals and other necessities to the Rohingya refugees.

There are still thousands of Rohingya Muslims left in the state of Rakhine who have lost their homes and have no food. Many of them are still trying to conquer the mountains and rice fields just to reach Bangladesh.

According to Myanmar, its troops launched an offensive campaign against ARSA since the government declared as a terrorist organization. A spokesman for national leader Aung San Suu Kyi said they have "no policy to negotiate with terrorists."