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Pakistan Army attacks other communities and Nationalities, says Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu

With terrorist attacks happening almost every day and the government forces attacking many nationalities and communities, he says the Pakistan is in an unstable position

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  • Bilateral trade has risen to $7 million and the Indian government has decided to sell another 100 MW of power to Bangladesh
  • Hasanul Haq Inu is of the opinion that the Government of India, Bangladesh and the region needs to have a multidimensional approach to deal with terrorists
  • He claimed that Bangladesh does not have any information about the IS organisational network in Bangladesh 

New Delhi, August 18, 2016: Over the past decade, there has been a significant upswing in the relations between India and Bangladesh. Bilateral trade has risen to $7 million and the Indian government has decided to sell another 100 MW of power to Bangladesh. India and Bangladesh have so much in common and through several initiatives, they are deepening their relation. On the other hand, ever since Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan, the ties between the two lands have not been improved. Fingers have been pointed at Pakistan for the recent terror attack in Dhaka and Bangladesh is of the opinion that the Pakistan army continues to attack other nationalities and communities as well.

Bangladesh Information Minister, Hasanul Haq Inu who is currently in India on a visit, has commented about Indo-Pak relations, terrorism, the Kashmir issue, Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and the SAARC summit. Hasanul Haq Inu is the President of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), an ally of the ruling grand alliance and the current Information Minister for the Government of the people’s republic of Bangladesh.

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When asked whether the situation in Balochistan, Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) are similar to that of East Pakistan or not, he talked about the suppressing attitude of  the Pakistani authorities and army against other nationalities and religious entities. He said, that despite being an independent nation and a part of the SAARC process and regional cooperation, it is still treated as East Pakistan and not an independent and proud Bangladesh.

According to the India Today report, the recent withdrawal of the Pakistani diplomats was due to the claim by Bangladesh, that they were working with the terrorists. With terrorist attacks taking place almost every day and the government forces attacking many nationalities and communities, the Pakistan is in an unstable position. The case of Balochistan is still being looked upon and only after proper examination, the Bangladesh government will take a position, he added.

Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu Image Source: thedailystar.net
Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu Image Source: thedailystar.net

Islamabad has been raising the issue of Kashmir on every international platform, talking about human rights violations but the situation within Pakistan clearly shows where people are being denied their freedom. He said to India Today that the Kashmir issue has been “thrashed out at the UN floor “ and is a domestic issue between India and Pakistan.

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While the committee in India is still looking into the case of Zakir Naik, Bangladesh has already banned him. He is of the opinion that the Government of India, Bangladesh and the region needs to have a multidimensional approach to deal with terrorists and claimed that anyone propagating hate, interpreting Quran and Hadith wrongly need to be taken care of. He feels that India too will take a bold position against Zakir Naik.

Political tensions and mutual suspicions between SAARC members especially between India and Pakistan have disrupted its smooth functioning. This is because the SAARC process is slow, sub-regionalism is being advocated. India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan might bring about changes if cooperation takes place at that level.

The Indian and Bangladesh team have always shared information to reduce the growing terrorist attacks. Hasanul Haq Inu said that the Interior Minister had a meeting with the Indian counterpart to deal with the Gulshan attack or the Solakia attack. There is an agreement between India and Bangladesh to share information to tackle terrorism.

There have been several claims about the presence of a functioning group of IS (Islamic State) in Bangladesh but Hasanul said, Bangladesh does not have any information about the IS organisational network in Bangladesh and they believe that these are the work of homegrown domestic terror networks.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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    How can a “dispute” between two countries be called a “domestic issue” as the Dhaka minister has done? And how can you “thrash out” an issue “at the UN floor”? What on earth does he mean?

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The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges "to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide."

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Corruption costs the world economy $2.6 trillion each year, according to the United Nations, which is marking International Anti-Corruption Day on Sunday.

“Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune,” the United Nations said.

The cost of $2.6 trillion represents more than 5 percent of global GDP.

The world body said that $1 trillion of the money stolen annually through corruption is in the form of bribes.

Patricia Moreira, the managing director of Transparency International, told VOA that about a quarter of the world’s population has paid a bribe when trying to access a public service over the past year, according to data from the Global Corruption Barometer.

Moreira said it is important to have such a day as International Anti-Corruption Day because it provides “a really tremendous opportunity to focus attention precisely on the challenge that is posed by corruption around the world.”

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To mark the day, the United States called on all countries to implement their international anti-corruption commitments including through the U.N. Convention against Corruption.

In a statement Friday, the U.S. State Department said that corruption facilitates crime and terrorism, as well as undermines economic growth, the rule of law and democracy.

“Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on Dec. 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide,” the statement said.

Moreira said that data about worldwide corruption can make the phenomena understandable but still not necessarily “close to our lives.” For that, we need to hear everyday stories about people impacted by corruption and understand that it “is about our daily lives,” she added.

She said those most impacted by corruption are “the most vulnerable people — so it’s usually women, it’s usually poor people, the most marginalized people in the world.”

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The United Nations Development Program notes that in developing countries, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

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The United Nations designated Dec. 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day in 2003, coinciding with the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption by the U.N. General Assembly.

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Moreira said to fight corruption effectively it must be tackled from different angles. For example, she said that while it is important to have the right legislation in place to curb corruption, governments must also have mechanisms to enforce that legislation. She said those who engage in corruption must be held accountable.

“Fighting corruption is about providing people with a more sustainable world, with a world where social justice is something more of our reality than what it has been until today,” she said.

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Moreira said change must come from a joint effort from governments, public institutions, the private sector and civil society.

The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges “to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide.”

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