Pakistan offers support and assistance for Rohingya Muslim refugees

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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is ready to provide assistance to Bangladesh to cope with the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis if asked, foreign minister Khwaja Asif has said.

"If Bangladesh wants us to help in refugee crisis, we are ready to help. But the state of our relationship with Bangladesh is not the way it should be. Bur as far as refugees are concerned, we will be glad to provide help to Bangladesh," Asif said.

The recent outbreak of violence in Rakine and subsequent influx of refugees to Bangladesh started in August 2017.

Then the country's authorities launched an operation against Rohingya militants in response to coordinated attacks on several police posts.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 650,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh in the recent months fleeing from violence.

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