Only if terrorists are brought to court can national sovereignty be protected
- By Khin Maung Oo
- “A conflict in front of the house may bring unrest in the back,” as the saying goes. Now we must reverse the saying under the current situations. As known by all, we are now seeing and hearing news and information through papers and social media almost every day concerning northern Rakhine State. At the time when we are performing our normal daily rituals, our national brethren are being displaced by extremist terrorists’ inhumane attacks. What is worse, many innocent civilians and servicemen were brutally killed, and all are living in fear of these attackers. Now is the time for us to take the problem into consideration seriously as a danger to our national sovereignty. Their atrocious deeds reveal that this was a systematic, long-term plan of the extremist terrorists. They aimed at occupying our land by frightening our local nationals through their cruel killings and torturing of villagers. And they tried to launch their operations by using external media as their propaganda agencies and by taking aid from outside terrorist groups.
Now the Anti-Terrorismcentral committee for eradication of terrorism officially announced these violent armed attackers as an extremist terrorist group under section 6(E) of the Anti-terrorism Law, and simultaneously it is trying to solve the problem with the conventions on anti-terrorism. At the 52nd day meeting of 2nd Amyotha Hluttaw 5th regular session, the parliamentarian of constituency 12 in Ayeyarwady Region explained that the Union Government and the State Counsellor has been exerting efforts as assigned by Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, for the populace in Rakhine State in accord with the State Constitution and the prescriptions of the law on rule of law and anti-terrorism law. As regards the motion put forward, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs clarified at length on the occurrences in Rakhine. He pledged solemnly that those involved in the terrorist attacks would be brought to court under criminal law.
According to him, a total of 466 cases have been opened concerning the attacks in Rakhine State during the period from 9 October 2016 to 16 August. Of these, 116 cases had been judged by courts while 147 cases were still pending, with 180 under investigation and 23 cases acquitted. Following the series of coordinated attacks last Friday, which were claimed by ARSA (Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army), the Anti-Terrorism Central Committee declared ARSA terrorist group. Tatmadaw and Myanmar Police Force increased security forces for the security, peace and stability in the area. Concurrently, Union Ministers and responsible officials of Rakhine State Cabinet frequently went to Maungtaw, Buthidaung and Yathedaung townships to fulfil the needs of the local populace. In brief, the Tatmadaw and Myanmar Police Force are carrying out the regional security and area consolidation increasingly so that the national sovereignty can be assured.