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Pakistan has always Harbored and Supported Terrorists: Bangladesh’s Home Minister

The Teesta water sharing treaty with India has led to anti-India passions in Bangladesh

Bangladesh's Home Minister Asaduzzaman khan kamal. YouTube

December 18, 2016: Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal assured that India has the full support of Bangladesh on the issue of tackling terror. He said that Pakistan should be isolated for supporting terror acts and harboring terrorists.

The PTI report stated that the holdup in the Teesta water sharing treaty with India has led to anti-India passions in Bangladesh due to fundamentalist organizations like Jamat and the opposition parties.

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“Pakistan has always harbored and supported terrorists. We feel those who support terrorism should be discouraged and isolated. We should do everything to discourage and condemn such attacks. Such kind of terror attacks should not be carried out against any country,” Kamal told PTI in an interview.

He said that India is one of the most affected countries of cross-border terrorism and Bangladesh shares the pain and agony of India and standby by it in its fight against terrorism.

India pulled out of SAARC Summit after the high tension with Pakistan after 18 jawans were killed in the Uri terror attack. Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Bangladesh also pulled out of the summit in Islamabad in November, indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an unhealthy environment for the summit that resulted in its collapse.

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Kamal said that the relation between the two countries does not depend on the single Teesta water sharing treaty. However, he hopes that the pact will be a reality in future.

“Any treaty is done on the basis of mutual interests of both the countries. A treaty cannot be signed by neglecting the interests of a country which is party to it. We feel that Teesta treaty will happen in future. The way the bilateral relations are moving forward, we are hopeful that Teesta treaty will happen sooner or later,” he says.

“The bilateral relationship won’t depend on this treaty. It is true that Bangladesh is facing some problems. Water is essential for both the countries,” he says.

Last year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bangladesh and signed LBA, it strengthened the bilateral relationship.

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Kamal said that Bangladesh and India have been working together in combating terrorism. Both the countries have been sharing information and intelligence. Bangladesh has been taking stern action on whatever information Indian intelligence agencies has provided them. NIA and Bangladesh agencies are working together. The transit point used by Pakistan to smuggle fake notes in India has been sealed and tapped by Bangladeshi police and intelligence agencies.

Kamal remained noncommittal on opening the border for the Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar who have crossed the border to flee the violence. He said that that they cannot open their borders every time they are attacked. An international opinion is required against this continuous genocide.

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Report: Conditions in Myanmar Not Safe for Return of Rohingya Refugees

Myanmar has presented Bangladesh with a list of more than 1,200 verified displaced persons who repeatedly expressed their desire to return, he said

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FILE - Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait in queues to receive aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, Nov. 15, 2017. VOA

Conditions in Myanmar are far too dangerous for the safe, dignified return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to escape violence and persecution in their home country, according to a report by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

More than 730,000 Rohingya refugees are living in squalid, overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazar.  While conditions in Bangladesh remain dire, U.N. officials say the situation in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state is worse and far more threatening.

U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore presented the report to the U.N. council. She says Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state face serious discrimination, and continuous, systematic violations of their fundamental rights and freedoms.

“We continue to receive and can verify reports from a variety of sources, including reports on sexual and gender-based violence, that human rights violations continue, allegedly committed by members of the security forces,” Gilmore said. “The conditions conducive for refugee return simply do not exist.”

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Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wade past a waterlogged path leading to the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh. VOA

Security forces attacked and burned Rohingya homes and shops in several townships in May, Gilmore reported. She said her office has received reports of disappearances, and of people being subjected to torture and other forms of abuse in detention.

In addition, she said, Rohingya Muslims are denied basic services to health, education and jobs, and many have been stripped of their property and identity papers, essentially rendering them stateless.

Gilmore called on the Myanmar government to reverse this situation and to end the statelessness of the Rohingya. She said it is unlikely the refugees will return to their place of origin until their citizenship status is recognized.

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Myanmar’s Ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, Kyaw Moe Tun, says human rights awareness is promoted throughout his country. He called the U.N. report misleading, incomplete and full of unverified allegations that distort the truth.

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Displaced Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine. Wikimedia Commons

The repatriation process must begin as soon as possible to resolve the humanitarian situation, he said, adding that Myanmar has been ready to receive people since January 2018, when his country and Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement.

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Myanmar has presented Bangladesh with a list of more than 1,200 verified displaced persons who repeatedly expressed their desire to return, he said.

Earlier this year, Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told the U.N. Security Council “not a single Rohingya has volunteered to return to Rakhine due to the absence of conducive environment there.” (VOA)