Khaleda for int’l help to send Rohingyas back

Khaleda for int’l help to send Rohingyas back

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Cox’s Bazar – BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday called upon the international organisations including United Nations, European Union, OIC and influential countries to immediately take effective diplomatic efforts to send back Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar safely.“Along with Bangladesh government, the internalnational agencies should take strong effort for repatriating of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar immdiately on humaniterian ground…I think it is their morale responsibility,” she said while distributing relief at Rohingya refugee camps in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar.
She said the effort should not be kept in words only but they should show the result through their works.
The former premier argued that being a poor country, it would not be possible for Bangladesh to bear the responsibility of thousands of Rohingyas for long time.
She also urged the Myanmar government to take back their citizens without any delay ensuring their safety and security.
It is not possible for Bangladesh to bear the responsibility of Rohingyas for long time due to various reasons, she said.
“Bangladesh is a densely populated country. The country gave shelter to the Rohingyas on humaniterian ground. The winter season is coming and it would be followed by rainy season. Thus international agencies should take measure immiditely.”
The BNP chief came to Cox’s Bazar to visit Rohingya Muslims who fleed to Bangladesh following atrocities of Myanmar government and army after August 25.
She made the visit 12 days after her return from London after taking treatment of her eyes and legs.
About seven lakh Rohingya Muslims took shelter in Ukhiya upazila of the bordering district.
Khaleda, who started her journey from Dhaka on Saturday visited four refugee camps and distrubted rice and food for woman and child on behalf of her party.
Speaking at Moynarghona camp, she accused the government of its failure to carry out relief activities and take proper measures to resolve the crises.
“The government could not carry out relief activities like the other organisations including the BNP and non-governmental organisations are doing,” she said.
She also accused the government of creating obstacle in carrying out relief works by other organisations.
Khaleda claimed her party stood beside the Rohingya Muslims from the begaining and tried to assit them in accordance with its capability.
“We will continue our support as we can,” she added.
Khaleda thanked army, local people and national and international organisations to come forward to assit the Rohingya Muslims.
She further urged the international agencies to provide relief to the Rohingyas at a large scale.
The former premier said they handed over 110 tonnes of rice containing 11,000 bags, 10kg in each bag, and 1,000 packets of food, 500 each for woman and child.
Thousands of Rohingyas and locals thronged in front of Rohinga camps at Moynarghona, Hakimpara and Balukhali 1 and 2 where Khaleda Zia distributed relief.
A Rohingya woman at Moynarghona refused to reciece relief saying that she does not want relief she wants to go back to Myanmar.
“My husband was killed by Manmar army. I have come here for justice,” said the emotion chalked woman.
At Balukhali, the BNP chairperson took a baby on her lap and comforted him with motherly affection.
Khaleda also spoke at Doctors Association of Bangladesh, DAB, run medical camp where she also inaugurated Lab for carrying out medical test.
The BNP chief went to Rohingya camp from Cox’s Bazar at 11:40am and returned to the tourist town in the afternoon.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and local leaders were present on the occassion.
Khaleda reached in Chittagong Sunday night and she will return Dhaka by road. – Staff Reporter

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