Sangsad Bhaban, Sept 19 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Parliament that Bangladesh will place its proposals on future action plans, including the review of progress over the Rohingya crisis in different multilateral meetings during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The Prime Minister she said this while replying to a starred question from Jatiya Party MP Nurul Islam Milon (Cumilla-8).
“Besides”, she said, “We’ll have talks over the issue with different important world leaders on the sideline meetings of the UN General Assembly.”
Sheikh Hasina said she placed a five-point proposal in the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in resolving the Rohingya problem immediate after starting ethnic atrocities against Rohingya since August 25, 2017.
“The international community accepted my proposals cordially,” she said.
She said Bangladesh allowed the influx of forcibly displaced Rohingyas keeping the border open actively responding to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
She, however, said, “There’s no scope for long-term stay of Rohingyas in Bangladesh. We want to repatriate them at the earliest.”
Hasina said safe, respectful and sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland will be possible through the Awami League government’s diplomatic efforts.
Mentioning that Bangladesh provided shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas, she said, “Their stay in Bangladesh has created a risk of human trafficking, drug smuggling and other orchestrated crimes.”
The displaced Rohingyas have created a huge negative impact on local communities and ecology in Cox’s Bazar, she said adding that the risk of environmental disaster has emerged due to deforestation in the reserved land and cutting hills massively.
Besides, the Prime Minister said, the possibility of breakout of diphtheria, polio and HIV (Aids) and other communicable diseases has appeared.
She said the Rohingya crisis first started in Myanmar 1978-’79 and the influx of Rohingyas to Bangladesh began. But the crisis continued due to the failure of the then military ruler in handling the problem.
In reply to a supplementary question from treasury bench member Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu (Barguna-1), the Prime Minister said Bangladesh had also experienced the influx of Rohingyas in the 1980s.
Later, several lakh Rohingyas entered Bangladesh in 1991 and 1992 during the BNP regime. Though Bangladesh could repatriate some Rohingyas through talks with Myanmar, some of them remained in Bangladesh, she said.
“But our diplomatic success is here that we could create international opinion that Rohingyas were victims of injustice and it is duty of Myanmar to let them go back to their own country,” said the Prime Minister.
She said the International Criminal Court also has taken measures to try those who were involved in persecution against Rohingya. And Bangladesh continues to provide all the information it has regarding the issue to the court as per its request.
During her talks at the recent Bimstec summit, the President of Myanmar said they would take Rohingyas back. “They (Myanmar) have also acknowledged it,” Hasina said.
“I hope Myanmar will be forced to take them back in the face of international pressure,” she added.
Responding to another supplementary question from Nurul Islam Milon, MP said, the Prime Minister said, “We had talks with all the countries and all acknowledged that the stay of 1.1 million Rohingyas is a huge burden on Bangladesh.”
She said, “We’ve got a huge response from all countries, including China, Russia and India over putting pressure on Myanmar. Though they didn’t put pressure overtly, they told us they would take all necessary measures so that Myanmar takes Rohingyas back.”
Answering to other starred questions, Hasina mentioned her government’s various measures regarding bringing development of the country’s communication sector, the armed forces, reducing traffic congestion, combating militancy, terrorism and corruption and the welfare for freedom fighters.
Dhaka, Sep 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to seven BNP leaders, including its standing committee member Tariqul Islam, in eight cases filed with Paltan and Adabor Police Stations.
They were granted bail until law enforcers submit report in the cases.
The HC bench of Justice Md Habibul Gani and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order when all the accused were present on the dock.
The other BNP leaders are BNP vice- chairman advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, advocate Abdur Rezzak Khan, advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury, advocate Taherul Islam Towhid, advocate Aktaruzzaman, advocate Ferdous Aktar Wahida.
The cases filed on September 11, 12, 13 and 14 on charge of creating violence and preventing law enforcers from performing their duties.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that the government has approved a Tk 3,825.34 crore project to procure 1.5 lakh electronic voting machines (EVMs) to hold another ‘voter-less’ election and ‘plunder’ huge public money.
“The Prime Minister approved a project for buying 1.5 lakh EVMs at an Ecnec meeting. The government has relied on forgery machine EVMs abandoning people,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “The government has two objectives--holding a voter-less rigged election and embezzling huge amount of public money—behind the move to procure EVMs.”
On Tuesday, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) cleared a Tk 3,825.34 crore project to procure 1.5 lakh EVMs at its weekly meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Rizvi alleged that two government officials went abroad to procure the EVMs many days before the Ecnec’s approval of the project despite the strong objection by different political parties and socio-political organisations to the use of the machine in the national polls.
The BNP leader said the government has taken such a project as it needs an election, but not people’s votes. “Procuring EVMs is very essential for the government to return to power as voters are not necessary to take votes through the machines.”
He alleged law enforcers arrested many BNP leaders and activists and lawyers as they went to Detective Branch (DB) of police office to see arrested BNP Dhaka south city unit president Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel on Tuesday night.
The BNP leader claimed that police arrested their party’s 93 leaders and activists, including Sohel, on Tuesday from different parts of the country.
Rizvi also alleged that the government is creating various obstacles to ensuring treatment of their party’s ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail.
“An experienced and senior therapist of Dhaka Medical College Hospital used to provide our leader physiotherapy regularly. But, the government now has appointed an inexperienced and pro-ruling party therapist to do the job dropping the experienced one. It’s a mysterious move of the government,” he said.
Rizvi alleged that the government is conspiring to put Khaleda’s life at stake gradually by snatching her human rights and leaving her in serious sufferings.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday placed BNP joint secretary general Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel on a 5-day remand in a case filed with Shahbagh police station over vandalism.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate K H M Toha passed the order after DB sub- inspector Abdul Karim produced him before the court seeking a 10-day remand. The court also rejected a bail petition filed by Sohel’s lawyer Sanaullah Miah.
Police arrested BNP joint secretary general Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel from the city’s Gulshan-2 area on Tuesday evening.
Sohel, also the president of Dhaka south city unit BNP, went into hiding after BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail on February 8 in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
BNP sources said Sohel has been facing over 50 cases on acts of sabotage and other charges.
Dhaka, Sept 19 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday said their party is taking necessary preparations to come up with street programmes to push for Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and holding a credible election.
“We need to forget about having Khaleda Zia released from jail through legal process …street movement is now the only way for having her freed,” he said.
Speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader also said, “We’re taking preparations and necessary steps to announce fresh action programmes. Our politics in the coming days, restoration of voting rights, and democracy and independence of the judiciary are involved with those programmes.”
He called upon all the democracy-loving people to get united to make their movement a success through united efforts.
Diploma Engineers Association, a pro-BNP engineers’ platform, formed the human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and proper treatment of her.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said Khaleda should have been released within seven days of her jailing through a legal battle. “But, we couldn’t free her over the last seven months as the lower court is now under the control of the government.”
He said their lawyers worked hard and used all the legal options to ensure the BNP chief’s release. “Even after that, we couldn’t be successful due to the government’s influence on the lower court.”
Under the circumstances, the BNP leader focused on consolidating a greater national unity with other opposition political parties to force the government to ensure the next polls under a neutral administration.
“There’s no other alternative for people to forging the national unity. The freedom of the country’s 16 crore people now depends on a successful movement through the national unity,” he added.
Moudud said they will involve the people of all walks life with their movement through uniting them to force the government to restore democracy and voting rights through holding an acceptable election.