Defense Services confirm 38 PDFs return within June 6 -15


NP News - June 16
The Defense Services confirmed that a total of 38 youths who attended military training under the title ‘People Defense Forces (PDF)’ but committed no major crime, and came to light to discontinue armed-insurgent courses were handed over to their parents from June 6 to15, according to Major General Zaw Min Tun, the Information Team leader of the State Administration Council.

The 16th Press Conference of the State Administration Council was held today (June 16) in Naypyidaw.

A total of 38 PDFs- five from Sagaing Region on June 6, nine from Magwe Region on June 13, eleven from Ayeyarwady Region on June 14, and fifteen from Mandalay Region on June 15 were transferred directly to the parents respectively as didn’t involve in major or terror crimes.

Parents requested the government to encourage their children to discontinue this way. Besides, the EAOs that offered the roofs to the PDFs disclosed that it becomes a burden to them, said Major General Zaw Min Tun.

In bygone history in 1988, it happened the Defense Services invited and welcomed back the students who joined the armed-insurgent movement taking shelter in the forests.

“Similar incidents happened in 1988. When the Defense Services took all three powers of the state duties as State Law and Order Restoration Council, many students absconded and run to borderline areas due to the instigations infiltrated as the government’s goodwill was camouflaged,” Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun said.

“The government invited the students to come back as per the announcement issued on September 26, 1988. Ministry of Education also declared requests and announcements to come back home. Following that, the government opened the welcome centers in 27 townships in Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine, and Shan states, and Sagaing, Tanintharyi, and Bago regions to come back to their parents’ homes. From September 26 to March 7, 1988, a total of 3354 students returned home and 505 students turned up to the legal fold giving up their firearms. Total of 3859 students, according to records,” Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun explained during the press conference.

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