Myanmar has been playing a very nasty game centering the Rohingya refugee issue. For months and years, it has deceived Bangladesh by falsely promising of taking back their over one million refugees. By now, it has become crystal clear that authorities in Myanmar are not willing to take back the Rohingya refugees. Instead, the entire state machinery has been engaged into numerous forms of mockery, tricks and even false propaganda centering the issue.
Following the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, on April 28, 2019, U Zaw Htay, director general of Myanmar’s President’s office in a statement said, that the country has been a target of the Islamist militancy group ISIS since 2012 when the group shifted its focus to northern Rakhine State after losing footholds in Syria and Iraq.
He said, “ISIS mainly nurtured home-grown cells. The terrorists who entered from outside linked and worked with radical elements inside the country, as in the case of Sri Lanka.”
U Zaw Htay further said, “Indonesia has warned us [of terrorist attacks] several times as it carries out counter-terrorism as a priority”.
Rakhine affairs analyst U Maung Maung Soe said, Many youth refugees, who had to flee Rakhine State for Bangladesh in 2017 and still can’t return to Rakhine, will harbor grievances as time passes, making it easier for ISIS extremists to rally their support.
“I think they will choose to launch suicide bomb attacks like in Sri Lanka rather than establish an ISIS army like in Syria. Therefore, there are reasons that they may use northern Rakhine State to build a foothold”, U Maung Maung Soe added.
Was there any ISIS in 2012?
There was no existence of ISIS back in 2012, but still a liar U Zaw Htay, director general of Myanmar’s President’s office claimed having threats from ISIS in 2012. This very statement clearly proves Myanmar’s authority’s nasty agenda of creating many excuses in not taking back their people from Bangladesh.
Myanmar Army preparing mock ISIS attacks:
According to a credible report from a foreign intelligence agency, Myanmar’s military establishment and its security agency are preparing several fake suicide bomb attacks within the Rakhine State to portray as attacks from ISIS, as an excuse of proving an unknown number of Rohingya refugees joined Islamic State. Once executed, Myanmar would openly decline of accepting the Rohingyas saying Naypyitaw is considering Rohingyas “as a potential threat to Myanmar’s national security as they have joined ISIS”.