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A delegation of Bangladesh lawmakers drawn from the ruling Awami League, Jatiya Party and main opposition BNP yesterday sought to present a show of unity in strengthening relations with India.

They also wanted resolution of outstanding problems in a time-bound manner.

Addressing the media at Indian Women Press Corps in New Delhi, senior AL leader Tofail Ahmed said "things are moving properly as far as India-Bangladesh relation is concerned".

Pointing to pending Teesta water-sharing issue, Indian parliament's ratification of land boundary agreement, Tipaimukh project and border killings, Tofail said the problematic issues between the two countries have been identified but not resolved.

He said Bangladesh has addressed India's security concerns by handing over Indian insurgents and "there is no Indian insurgent in Bangladesh".

Tofail referred to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's recent visit to India and her remarks made in Delhi, saying "that means we are united, and terrorists would not be allowed to operate from Bangladesh territory ".

"We may have differences among our political parties but we are one today when it comes to strengthening relations with India," he claimed.

Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said "We must have a good working relationship with India to resolve all outstanding problems."

The relations between India and Bangladesh had at times been "warm" and at times "cool" but they were never disrupted, he observed.

According to Moudud, Khaleda's recent visit to India "opened a new window for us by setting up the relationship not only between the peoples of the two countries but also between the parties".

On sharing the waters of common rivers between India and Bangladesh, Moudud said the non-signing of the Teesta deal has embarrassed the Sheikh Hasina government as much as the Indian government.

Both Tofail and Moudud voiced concern over border killings by BSF but acknowledged their number has come down considerably.

However, they wanted to bring it down to zero.

"We have been repeatedly assured by the Indian government about a stop to border killings, but the killings are going on", Moudud added.

Senior BNP leader M K Anwar said as far as Teesta deal is concerned, "the ball is absolutely in India's court".

Asked about Bangladesh granting India transit, Moudud said if it (transit) was mutually beneficial, then there should be no problem at all.

Replying to a question, Moudud said BNP is "actively considering returning to Jatiya Sangsad".

He said BNP standing committee members would meet either in December-end or the beginning of January to take a decision on whether to join parliament's winter session.

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At last the politicians of all stripe in Bangladesh has come to their senses in improving relationship with India. Although lot of water has flowed in the Ganges and Jamuna. This initiative should have been taken long earlier. Credit goes to Awami League government. It is never late to do the right thing.

: Dr. Nazmul Haq

Does Tofail has people's mandate and how it was possible for AL to allow him to represent the country in that capacity. A nation must find its own pride and it is duty of all citizen to uphold that. We protest with deepest concern. Tofail must be made answerable to the media...we need to make sure of that on his return.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee


  • rch
    Saturday, December 1, 2012 01:03 AM GMT+06:00 (290 weeks ago)

    How stronger do you need more? It is like a noose around Bangladesh neck already ...





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