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Quader: Priya Saha will be sued for sedition

  • Published at 03:53 pm July 20th, 2019
10.10.2018 Focus Bangla, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader speaks at a press confererence
File photo of Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader addressing a press briefing at the party president's office in Dhanmondi, Dhaka Focus Bangla

There was an ulterior motive behind Priya Saha's absolutely false stories targeted to malign Bangladesh, the government said

Terming the allegation made by Priya Saha to US President Donald Trump on persecution of minorities in Bangladesh as "absolutely false", Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said she will be sued on sedition charges.

"Priya Saha's allegation was absolutely false. No one will agree with her. A sedition case will be filed against her. The process is underway," he said while talking to reporters at the Awami League president's Dhanmondi political office in Dhaka on Saturday.

Priya Saha, a Bangladeshi national, participated in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the US Department of State in Washington, DC from July 16-18. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen also attended the meeting.

Delegates from 106 countries, including about 40 foreign ministers, took part in the meeting at the invitation of Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state.

A video clip, that later went viral on social media, showed Priya, one of the organizing secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, pleading to Trump to save 18 million people of minority groups in Bangladesh from persecution.

She alleged that 37 million Hindus, Buddhists and Christians had disappeared from the country, persecuted at the hands of fundamentalist Muslims groups, who enjoyed political support. 

Earlier on Saturday, a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry termed Priya's allegations as "blatant lies" and said there was an ulterior motive behind Priya's "absolutely false and concocted stories", and they were targeted to malign Bangladesh.

It said that Bangladesh is a beacon of religious freedom and communal harmony, where people of all faiths have been living in peace for ages.