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Rohingya crisis: BNP says PM failed to convince global leaders
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has failed to convince global leaders to take an effective initiative for resolving the Rohingya crisis.
“Over four lakh Rohingya Muslims took shelter in Bangladesh fleeing from Myanmar to save their lives in the face of brutal torture on them. They’re now suffering badly for lack of food, water and treatment. But the Prime Minister has failed to portrait the inhuman condition of Rohingyas among the international community,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the allegation while speaking at a human chain programme arranged by Jatiyatabadi Ulema Dal in front of the Jatiya Press Club protesting the genocide against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.
Rizvi said after conversation with US president Donald Trump Sheikh Hasina said she does not expect any help from him over Rohingya issue. “This means she couldn’t make him understand the real situation. It’s not only the Prime Minister’s failure, but also her incompetence to persuade the global leaders.”
He said even the friendly countries are not with Bangladesh over Rohingya issue due to the government’s wrong policy. “Now she (PM) has no foreign friend as she’s taken an anti-mass policy within the country.”
The BNP leader said the Prime Minister is not active to resolve the Rohingya crisis and repatriate those Myanmar citizens taken shelter in Bangladesh.
He also criticised Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for not condemning ethnic cleansing by the military and giving any guideline to solve Rohingya problem in her address to the nation on Tuesday. “We’ve got disappointed with her unjustified speech. She didn’t talk about repression on Rohingya. Her speech was against humanity.”
The BNP leader said Suu Kyi lied in her speech to the nation as she is now representing the blood thirsty Myanmar security forces.
“You (Suu Kyi) have said there was no violence in Rakhine state after September 5. How could you tell such a blatant lie being an internationally renowned leader when so many villages were torched, many people killed and so many children thrown into the Naf River over the last two weeks? How could you deny the fact?
Mentioning that Suu Kyi didn’t utter the word Rohingya in her speech, Rizvi said she described the residents of Rakhine as Muslims though Hindus also lived there and many persecuted Hindus took shelter in Bangladesh. “Apparently, she targeted Muslims and her speech exposed her attitude that Muslims has no rights to live.”
The BNP leader said Myanmar must take back Rohingyas taken shelter here following violence in that country.
He alleged that the government has imported atap rice (white rice) from Myanmar to deceive people. “The country’s only five percent people eat atap rice. Though the rice is being sold in trucks under OMS, people are not buying it.”
Rizvi said the current ‘anti-people’ government procured the rice from Myanmar which security forces are killing Rohingyas and torturing them.
He alleged that the ‘ruling party men’ are involved in most of the attacks on different puja mandaps and idols of the Hindu community across the country. “But false cases are being filed against BNP leaders and activists.