DHAKA: Opposition BNP called upon the government to give shelter the Rohingya refugees of Myanmar from humanitarian point of view.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Friday said it is human issue to refuge the Rohingyas. Terming Foreign Minister Dipu Moni’s speech as ‘inhumane’, he said people did not accept her words warmly.
He claimed BNP always stands by vulnerable people. He cited that BNP gave shelter around 30,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh during its tenure in 1991.
He came up with the comment while talking to the journalists in his Uttara residence.
Besides, in a human chain held at the National Press Club premises, BNP Standing Committee member Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia said, considering the humanity, government should refuge the Rohingyas on a temporary basis. Later, they could be returned through United Nations.
The UN and USA also called the Bangladeshi government to asylum the Rohingyas.
Earlier on the day, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said the international relation would not be affected for Rohingya issue as the government is helping them in different ways.
“The Rohingya issue would not affect the international relation of Bangladesh as the government is assisting them in different way considering humanitarian aspect,” she said.
The foreign minister came up with the assertion while talking to journalists after a programme of ‘tin and cheque’ distribution at Sadar upazila in the morning.
She said, “Myanmar citizens are trying to intrude into Bangladesh following internal crisis of their country. They are trying to solve their internal crisis.”
The ruling Awami League lawmaker said, “Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel provide all required assistance to hold Rohingyas. We did not push them to any kind of risk.”
Deputy Commissioner Priotosh Saha, Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shahinur Rahman Khan and Chandpur Sadar Upazila Project Officer Narayan Chandra Das were among others present at the function.
The foreign minister distributed Tin and cheque among 16 families in the area.
Earlier on Thursday night, Dipu Moni arrived in Chandpur to join different programme in the district.
Earlier on Thursday, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni alleged that Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islam is patronizing the Rohingyas in armed.
The Myanmar government told Bangladesh High Commission that Jamaat-e-Islam is also inciting them for racial clash, she added.
The minister came up with the assertion while addressing parliament Thursday.
She said, “We are looking into the matter and the border would never be opened for Rohingyas.”
The ruling Awami League lawmaker said, “The friendly countries of Myanmar and international organization, which are requesting us to open the border and accommodate the Rohingyas should talk with the Myanmar government to settle the dispute.”
Moreover, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel and other law enforcing agencies have been put on the alert in the bordering areas of Myanmar following triangle clashes among Buddhists, Muslims and police in western Myanmar.
Surveillance has beefed up in Teknaf and Ukhia borders in the district apprehending Rohingya intrusion into Bangladesh.
BDST: 2043 HRS, JUN 15, 2012
Kaiser Ahmed, Newsroom Editor
Mohammed Humayun Kabir, Sr Newsroom Editor
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