Obaidul Quader
Obaidul Quader File photo

Ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said the farsighted leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina kept intact and re-established all kinds of interests of the country at the international arena, reports state-run news agency BSS.

He said this in a statement strongly protesting and condemning the comments made by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a press conference today.

In reply to BNP leader’s criticism over government’s efforts in Rohingya issue, Quader said Mirza Fakhrul is making misleading and fabricated comments to hide the truth as part of their political purpose.

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The Bangladesh government is continuing bilateral, tripartite and multilateral discussions to find out permanent solutions to Rohingya crisis, he said.

The minister said Bangladesh raised strong demands at different international forums including the United Nations to resolve the Rohingya crisis and the government efforts are being continued.

The AL general secretary said BNP secretary general’s comments are void of diplomatic courtesy and it again proved the party’s political bankruptcy

Because of the diplomatic efforts of the Bangladesh government, different countries and the International Criminal Court (ICC) have been putting mounted pressure on Myanmar to bring back the Rohingya people, he said.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, he said, leaders of different countries visited Rohingya camps because of Bangladesh’s diplomatic successes.

The AL general secretary said Mirza Fakhrul’s inciting, incorrect and purpose-oriented comments may hinder the progress of the efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis and destroy the peaceful atmosphere.

Quader said generous initiative of Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in resolving the Rohingya crisis and her diplomatic efforts gained accolades of the world community, including the UN.

Appreciating the prime minister’s diplomatic efficiency and farsighted leadership, the world media conferred ‘Mother of Humanity’ title on Sheikh Hasina, he said.

The minister said that the heads of different countries and states and international organisations visited Bangladesh and extended their absolute support to the steps of Sheikh Hasina in resolving Rohingya crisis.

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When Bangladesh’s diplomatic success in resolving Rohingya crisis is visible through the order of the ICC, BNP secretary general’s such comments hint the party’s anti-country conspiracy, he said, adding that since the outset of the Rohingya issue, BNP has been making false, misleading and conspiratorial statements.

Quader said the nation knew BNP founder Ziaur Rahman illegally grasped the state power and whenever BNP came to power, there was nothing but “knee-jerk” foreign policy and corruption in the country.

Actually, political or diplomatic courtesy cannot be expected from those who grab state power, he said.

The minister said prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s able leadership has established Bangladesh as a self-dignified state in the world.

In light with the Bangabandhu’s foreign policy of ‘friendship to all, malice towards none’, Bangladesh is carrying out its foreign policy and in that way, today the country has been able to establish strong friendly relations with others, he said.

The AL general secretary said BNP secretary general’s comments are void of diplomatic courtesy and it again proved the party’s political bankruptcy.

The nation got frustrated at the falsified statements of Mirza Fakhrul as their comments seemed that the BNP does not want any solution to Rohingya crisis, he said.