BNP on Thursday expressed surprise over India’s support to Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi’s repressive policy on Rohingya issue.“India claims to be one of the world’s main democratic countries, but they’ve extended their support to Aung San Suu Kyi’s nasty policy. Narendra Modi supported it. We’re surprised and shocked by it,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at a human chain programme arranged by Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal in front of the Jatiya Press Club protesting the persecution on Rohingyas by Myanmar’s security forces.The BNP leader came down hard on Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for indulging in crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
He also criticised the Bangladesh government for not taking any visible step to mount pressure on the Myanmar authorities to stop repression on Rohingyas.“Our Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina) said her government is in contact with many countries to put pressure on Myanmar. But there’s been no visible step and diplomatic efforts to this end. They simply summoned Myanmar envoy here,” Rizvo observed.
Describing the current government as anti-mass one, he said it has no sympathy for Rohingyas as it was not elected with people’s votes.The BNP leader alleged that though the UN and some Muslim countries strongly raising their voices against the repression on Rohingyas, the Bangladesh government is not taking any strong stance on it.He said their party wants the government to resolve the Rohingya crisis through diplomatic efforts and force Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees from here.
Rohingya people are now frantically trying to enter Bangladesh in the face of crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces as Rohingya insurgents reportedly attacked dozens of police posts and an army base. The ensuing violence and the security forces’ onslaughts have killed at least 400 people and triggered the exodus of villagers to Bangladesh.Many of the fleeing Rohingyas have already entered the country through different border points.