JS body resents border killing, onion export halt by India

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:03, Sep 21,2020


The parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs on Sunday expressed its resentment over India’s sudden suspension of onion export to Bangladesh and killing of Bangladeshi nationals by the Indian Border Security Force.

‘India is a friendly country of ours, but some of their activities are destroying the relations,’ committee chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan MP told reporters at his office following a meeting of the Jatiya Sangsad body.

The committee, he disclosed, suggested that the government should take a strong position on the border killing and onion issues in the next foreign minister-level meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission scheduled to be held on September 29.

As per a decision of the committee’s previous meeting, the Sunday meeting was scheduled to be a closed-door one for discussing Bangladesh’s relations with the neighbor countries, including India.

But the meeting was not closed-door as the committee decided to hold such meeting after the next JCC sitting, Faruk Khan said. ‘Saying “sorry” after the sudden suspension of onion export by India is not acceptable,’ he said.

The committee viewed the just-concluded BGB-BSF meeting as good, although such meetings were held giving promises at least 10 times to bring down the number of border killings to zero, he said.

But, he added, the border killing does not stop.

He said that the committee also asked the foreign minister to emphasise the issues in the JCC meeting. The sudden suspension of onion export to Bangladesh without any prior notice doubled the essential commodity’s price on the local market last week.

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