Senior leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party said on Friday that the diplomatic failure of the government was worsening the Rohingya situation.
Addressing a function in Dhaka, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that China, Russia and India sided with Myanmar which had been freshly driving out its Rohingya nationals from the Rakhine state since August 25. ‘Nobody would come to solve the country’s problem,’ he warned.
According to estimates by the United Nations, over 5 lakh Rohingya people have taken shelter in Bangladesh in five weeks fleeing persecution in their homeland.
Fakhrul said, ‘BNP was saying from the very beginning that prime minister Sheikh Hasina, if necessary, should go to China, Russia and India to convince them that this is a huge problem for the country.’
He urged the world leaders to come forward to mount pressure on Myanmar to stop genocide in Rakhine and take back their displaced nationals.
He blasted the government for not condemning Myanmar after it committed genocide against the Rohingya people in the Rakhine state.
Fakhrul also criticised the government for recommending implementation of the Kofi Annan commission report, saying that the report has not mentioned the term ‘Rohingya’ even once.
Zia Sangskritik Sangathan organised the event marking its 25th founding anniversary at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Meanwhile, addressing a news briefing at the party’s central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi remarked that the government could have discussed with China and Russia, two powerful friendly countries, to take an initiative to stop atrocities in Myanmar.
‘The government did not take any such initiative,’ Rizvi claimed.
‘Although the whole world was vocal on the Rohingya issue, the role of the incumbent government was submissive,' Rizvi said.
He alleged that the government did not respond to BNP’s call for forging a national unity to deal with the Rohingya crisis, but adopted an one-sided policy.
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