Burma Times Correspondent: July 14, 2015
A military deal between Burma and Pakistan is raising eyebrows among the Rohingya community. Under the deal, Burma will buy sixteen JF-17 from Pakistan in the first phase.
According to Pakistani media, talks started in March.
Many pro Rohingya activists are bewildered by the deal as in the months of May and June, the Pakistani government seemed to be the most vocal defender of Rohingya human rights in the Muslim world.
The deal is likely to sadden many Pakistanis, thousands of whom protested in May and June against the Burmese regime. Pakistani immigrant communities in the west also organised demonstrations in favour of Rohingya Muslims.
The purchase of fighter jets is likely an attempt by Burma to gain parity with neighbouring Bangladesh.