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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

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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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Bangladesh Seeks Help from US in Pressurising Myanmar for Safe Return of Rohingyas

"It is the responsibility of the Myanmar government and military to create a conducive environment for Rohingyas to feel safe to return home"

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Momen discussed the importance of "repatriation of Rohingyas and creation of credible international pressure on Myanmar in that respect. Wikimedia

Bangladesh has sought help from the US in pressurising Myanmar to offer safeguards for the return of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled the country since August 2017.

Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen sought the US assistance during a meeting on Monday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, the government of Bangladesh said in a statement on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Momen discussed the importance of “repatriation of Rohingyas and creation of credible international pressure on Myanmar in that respect”, the statement said.

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Thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have illegally settled in the state of Kashmir. Wikimedia

According to the statement, Pompeo reiterated that the US “would stand beside Bangladesh (both politically and financially) in finding a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis”, Efe news reported.

“It is the responsibility of the Myanmar government and military to create a conducive environment for Rohingyas to feel safe to return home,” he said.

Momen told Pompeo about Dhaka’s plans to transfer a group of Rohingya to the uninhabited Bhashanchar island in the Bay of Bengal. The island has been prepared to host 100,000 refugees from the overcrowded camps in the Cox’s Bazar district.

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This is Rohingyas flag. Assam detained 3 rohingyas after locals complained about them to the police. Pixabay

Over 738,000 Rohingyas have arrived in the camps since the beginning of the crisis on August 25, 2017, following a wave of violence and persecution, which has been described by the United Nations an attempted ethnic cleansing.

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Most refugees of the majority-Muslim community live in harsh conditions in the Kutupalong camp — located near the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar. It has become the biggest refugee camp in the world.

Although Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an agreement on November 23, 2017, the repatriation attempts have failed due to absence of conditions necessary for safe and voluntary return of the refugees. (IANS)