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Bangladesh shouldn’t be compromising the honour of the Prophet: Info Minister Hasan Mahmud

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Bangladesh shouldn’t be compromising the honour of the Prophet of Islam, mentioned the Info Minister of the Sheikh Hasina authorities on Saturday. The Minister’s remarks got here within the backdrop of continued protests in several components of Bangladesh towards the feedback by two former BJP leaders on the Prophet that have been thought-about to be hurtful. In a freewheeling dialogue with a visiting crew of media professionals, Hasan Mahmud mentioned that Ms. Hasina acted promptly in containing communal flare-ups in Bangladesh final 12 months and that India has invited Ms. Hasina to pay a go to to New Delhi. 

“It’s an inside concern of India and for Bangladesh it’s an exterior matter. Wherever such issues occur, we condemn them. We aren’t compromising the honour of the Prophet.,” mentioned Mr. Mahmud presenting the attitude of Bangladesh relating to the feedback which have triggered a robust backlash from the international locations within the Islamic and Arab blocks.

Mr. Mahmud expressed hope that the Indian authorized course of would take its course towards former BJP leaders Nupur Sharma and Navin Kumar Jindal and mentioned, “Motion can be taken by India.” Mr. Mahmud drew consideration to the communal flare-up of final October when Hindu puja pandals have been focused in Bangladesh’s Brahmanbaria, Comilla, Chittagong and Rangpur areas and mentioned Ms. Hasina took exemplary motion in containing the injury inflicted upon the minority group. 

“The rioters focused Pirganj which occurs to be linked to the household of the Prime Minister as her late husband Dr. Wajed hailed from there. I didn’t sleep through the evening when the assaults passed off and rushed to the situation the subsequent day. All our employees rushed to the puja pandals and met the minority group members, and the compensation supplied was 3 times of the injury that was inflicted on the households of the minority communities,” mentioned Mr. Mahmud. The 60-year outdated Minister, a key determine in Sheikh Hasina authorities, maintained that the Prime Minister remained dedicated to zero tolerance of extremism and terrorism and noticed that Dhaka was conscious of the presence of such components within the 20-party Opposition alliance. “There are some leaders in that alliance who have been educated by the Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan up to now,” mentioned Mr. Mahmood alleging that the Opposition had change into weak because it didn’t take part within the 2018 basic election. 

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The Minister pitched for higher connectivity between Bangladesh and India, particularly with the northeast and mentioned, that Bangladesh had invested in enhancing the street and rail infrastructure that may enhance connectivity between Tripura, Assam and the Chittagong port. “The British rulers of the subcontinent used the Chittagong port for growing Assam and the higher street networks on our facet can be prepared quickly that may assist in higher connectivity between Tripura and the Chittagong port. The street connection already exists however we’re engaged on enhancing it.” The Minister additionally dismissed the bullet prepare venture as pointless for Bangladesh and known as it “wasteful” from the viewpoint of Dhaka.

Russia and Bangladesh

Mr. Mahmud echoed the priority Ms. Hasina had expressed earlier concerning the ongoing warfare in Ukraine and known as for an answer to the violence saying, “We wish an finish to the warfare because it doesn’t assist anybody.”

 “I used to be eight years outdated in 1971 when the warfare started and the U.S. 7 th Fleet was despatched to the Bay of Bengal. Whilst a toddler I felt the horror shared by the elders of my household. However Russia got here to our rescue. We keep in mind the best way Russia stood by us,” mentioned Mr. Mahmud, acknowledging the historic function of the Soviet Union which had concluded a Friendship Treaty with India earlier than the warfare started which allowed it to play a supportive function through the December 1971 warfare.  

Mr. Mahmud acknowledged an invitation that India had prolonged to Ms. Hasina however didn’t elaborate on the particular date of her go to.

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