Bangladesh local govt. minister denounces the statement of BNP chief Khaleda on militancy control
M.A. Kader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh
US ambassador in Dhaka also disagrees with Khaleda saying ‘militancy still a threat for Bangladesh’
Dhaka, 04 May (Asiantribune.com): Denouncing the statement of opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh local government Minister Syed Asharful Islam on Sunday said Bangladesh would face the destiny of Pakistan if the country was not prepared to tackle the growing spate of terrorism.
Talking to reporters at Secretariat in the Dhaka city capital Ashraf said Bangladesh needed to work seriously to tackle the issue since terrorism is a global phenomenon.
The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief on Saturday at a rally said that there was no militant in the country as they had controlled of the militants by arresting and executing all the militants. Khaleda accused the four-month-old government of the Awami League of plotting to bring foreign troops in the country in the name of anti-militancy fight.
In reply the local government minister said that suppressing the facts is not a solution and the nation should prepare to confront the reality.
Meanwhile, Ashraful's remarks echoed US ambassador James F Moriarty's comment that Bangladesh still faced threat of militancy.
About terrorism, Moriarty said at a Meet the Press at Dhaka Reporters Unity Sunday that recent seizure of weapons in Bhola district of Bangladesh and continued arrest of suspected outlawed JMB militants demonstrate that still "terrorism remains a concern" in the country.
He said Washington got "disturbing indications" of terrorist threat in Bangladesh.
The ambassador's comment also came followed by the allegation of Khaleda that the ruling Awami League government was talking about militancy to "invite" foreign forces in Bangladesh.
"Attacks in India, Pakistan and other countries around the globe, however, demonstrate the world has a long way to go before we are rid of the scourge of terrorism," the US envoy added.
He, however, did not elaborate his statement, but said: "There continues to be threat in Bangladesh and my government does believe that there is a threat."
Talking to the press meet, organized by the Dhaka Reporters Unity, he said the US would continue to support Bangladesh to strengthen democracy, foster development and handle terrorism.