Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday dismissed BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s statement over the instruments signed during her recent India tour as totally untrue, whimsical and thoughtless, saying it is an ill-motivated attempt to mislead people.
“None of the agreements/memoranda of understandings was against the country’s interest. The Awami League government will never sign any deal that goes against the country’s interest,” she said while responding to a written question from ruling party MP Fazilatunnesa Bappi during the PM’s question-answer session in Parliament.
The Prime Minister said the agreements and the memoranda of understandings signed with India have already been published in the media. “So, such statement is totally untrue, whimsical, thoughtless and an ill-attempt to confuse the country’s people,” she said.
Talking about the much-hyped Teesta water-sharing deal with India, she described the issue as an important one for the Awami League government. “We’re very much sincere and active to ink the agreement,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Leader of the House, said she raised the issue during her India visit and strongly urged the Indian Prime Minister, the West Bengal Chief Minister and other concerned to sign the treaty very soon. “Expressing his optimism, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said this treaty would be done during the tenure of his and my governments,” she said.
Replying to a supplementary question from the same MP, she said Bangladesh has various types of defence agreements or MoUs with many countries. “We have such agreements/MoUs with China, Russia, Kuwait, Qatar and some other countries.”
Mentioning that a defence agreement/MoU was signed during the tenure of BNP, the Prime Minister said they kept everyone in the dark while signing this agreement. “That’s the reality. They didn’t say anything about the agreement in Parliament,” she said.
She also said she will place details of the defence agreements or MoUs in the House if anyone submits any notice.