Several Bangladesh politicians on Wednesday said the Indian government should pay attention to what the people of Jammu and Kashmir aspired for in order to resolve the crisis of the region peacefully, through negotiation.
‘Aspiration of the people of Jammu and Kashmir should be given a priority as resolving the Kashmir issues should involve negotiation with the Kashmiris,’ Workers Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon told New Age over phone.
Menon, whose party is a partner of the Awami League-led alliance and who was also a senior minister in the Sheikh Hasina’s 2014-2018 cabinet, also stressed the need for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir crisis for maintaining stability in the region and in international spheres.
The BJP-led Indian government revoked Article 370, a constitutional provision granting the region special status, and imposed unprecedented lockdown across the valley restricting several fundamental rights of the people in the region since last week.
When asked about the reaction of the Bangladesh government on the matter, Menon said that how they would respond to the matter was the responsibility of the government.
Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved on the basis of discussion with all parties and according to the wish of the people of Kashmir.
The Bangladesh government should stand beside the repressed people of Kashmir according to the pledges mentioned in the Bangladesh constitution, he said.
The left parties of India and also in our country already expressed their support in favour of the repressed Kashmiri people, he added.
Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman said the Indian government should not curtail the rights of the Kashmiri people which they were enjoying for a long time.
The Indian government’s move to drop Article 370 of the constitution would create threats to the unity of India, he said.
Reflecting on Bangladesh government’s position on the move of the Indian government, he said the Kashmir issue could not be an internal affair of India as it would have influence on the regional politics in the Indian subcontinent as well as in the international arena.
Nagorik Oikko convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said the steps taken by the Indian government ‘is regrettable’ as it would be considered as ‘a blemish’ on the democracy polity of the country.
When asked about the Bangladesh government’s stance on the matter, he said he did not have any comment on the government’s position.
The statement made by the director general of RAB threatening to take actions for any kinds of reactions on the matter (Kashmir issue) in Bangladesh was however unacceptable, Manna said.
Zonayed Saki, chief coordinator of the Ganosamhati Andolan, told New Age that Indian government should resolve the Kashmir issue according to the aspiration of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to the role of Bangladesh government on Kashmir issue, Saki said that the government should follow the pledge mentioned in of constitution of the country.
Bangladesh should stand beside the people of Kashimir who were facing repression by the Indian government after dropping of section 370, Saki said.
‘We are against any kind of repression on people,’ he added.
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