Vol. 5 Num 351 Wed. May 25, 2005  
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AL, BNP men's politics abroad tainting image
JS body observes

A parliamentary body yesterday observed that activists of the political parties, particularly the Awami League and the BNP, are tarnishing Bangladesh's image abroad by squabbling with each other on foreign soil.

The parliamentary standing committee on expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry at a meeting discussed possible ways to put a stop to such practices abroad to restore the country's image.

Members of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) committee proposed launching an appeal to the political parties not to allow their supporters to engage in political activities abroad, meeting sources said.

They noted at the meeting that workers form party units, continue their political activities and engage in internal feuds. A number of workers do not even obey the rules of the country they reside, the members alleged.

State Minister for Expatriates Welfare Quamrul Islam told the meeting that Bangladeshi workers form party units in different countries and that the Awami League and the BNP have more than one chapter in some countries.

"When we go to these countries three or four groups come to welcome us and they arrange receptions that create conflicts among them," sources quoted the minister as telling the meeting.

A lawmaker echoed the state minister and said by doing politics, Bangladeshis abroad are tainting the image of the country in the eyes of the international community.

The meeting also discussed the recent attack on the Bangladesh embassy in Kuwait and asked the ministry to initiate necessary steps to stop a repeat of such an incident.