KNO wants Pakistan to stop selling fighter jets to Myanmar

Kachin : The Kachin National Organisation (KNO) has asked Pakistan to stop selling fighter jets to Myanmar, stating that these could be used against ethnic armed groups by the government.

“The government of Pakistan should take a proactive role in pressuring the Myanmar government to cease further military action that he alleged would inevitably result in widespread human rights abuses in the country” told KNO president U Duwa Bawmwang Laraw, to The Myanmar Times, yesterday.

He accused that the military is using fighter jets for the elimination of ethnic groups and civilians living in conflict areas.

During visits to Pakistan and Serbia, Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing had placed an order for 24 jets last year.

Reports in the Pakistani media state that Myanmar was the first international buyer of the aircraft worth US 35 million dollars each.

Also, according to some Russian publications, even Moscow has plans to deliver three fighter jets, worth about US 15 million dollars each, to Myanmar in 2016.

The Kachin National Organisation is a political organisation which is affiliated with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) that aims to regain the rights of people by establishing an independent Kachinland. (ANI)