POST TIME: 3 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
BNP to write to PM for info on docs signed with India
UNB, Dhaka

BNP to write to PM for info on docs signed with India

BNP will send a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking detailed information about the bilateral documents signed with India during her visit to the neighbouring country last month. The decision was taken at a meeting of BNP standing committee members at its chairperson's Gulshan office last night, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Talking to reporters after the meeting, he said, "We urge the Prime Minister to make public the deals signed with India. We decided today (Saturday) to send a letter to the Prime Minister to provide us with detailed information about the deals." The BNP leader said they will send another letter to the  Information Commissioner seeking information about the agreements as per the Right to Information Act. "We think people have many questions about the deals as those are related to the country's independence and sovereignty," he added.

Fakhrul said their party has no objection to providing India water from the Feni River, but it is concerned as the problem over sharing of water from Teesta River has not been resolved over a long period.

He also opposed the government's move to relocate Rohingyas to Bashan Char, an island in Noakhali as their party thinks it is completely contrary to the principle of Bangladesh.

"We've long been saying to send Rohingyas back to Myanmar. But you (govt) are making excellent arrangements in a char to keep them permanently in the country. This means, we're apparently accepting that Rohingyas will be staying here," the BNP secretary general said.

Fakhrul said their party thinks such a move is against the country's interest, and the government is moving ahead to materialise Myanmar's objective with it.

Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar and most of them arrived since August 25, 2017.

About the recent anti-corruption drive, Fakhrul said it is a move of the government to hush up the 'real corrupt and big corruption' through bringing 'small corruption' in the limelight.

He alleged that nine judges were appointed to the High Court recently from the 'political' point of view. "We think the possibility of ensuring justice is ruined when judges are appointed on political consideration."