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'Rohingyas have become a regional threat'

  • Published at 09:58 pm September 26th, 2019
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The speakers at the seminar titled ‘Rohingya People: Bangladesh in Multiple Crisis’ organised by The Forest and Environment Subcommittee of ruling Awami League at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in the Dhaka University campus on Thursday, September 26, 2019 Focus Bangla

They made this observation while speaking in a seminar titled ‘Rohingya People: Bangladesh in Multiple Crisis’ held at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in the Dhaka University campus on Thursday

The Rohingya crisis is not only a threat to Bangladesh but also to the entire region, speakers at a seminar have said.

They made this observation while speaking in a seminar titled ‘Rohingya People: Bangladesh in Multiple Crisis’ held at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in the Dhaka University campus on Thursday.

The Forest and Environment Subcommittee of ruling Awami League organised the seminar. 

Speaking as the chief guest, Awami League Presidium Member Begum Matia Chowdhury said huge Rohingyas have now turned into a threat for Bangladesh’s economy, environment, and security.

"We gave shelter to them (Rohingyas) on humanitarian grounds but now they’ve become a serious threat for our economy, and ecological biodiversity. Myanmar have to take them back, ensuring their safety and livelihood," she said.

“Rohingya crisis is not a natural one. It was created by Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.

The ruling party leader warned that no ‘game’ regarding the Rohingya issue by any group, country, or nation would be tolerated.

“The truth is that the Rohingyas are citizens of Myanmar. We just arranged temporary shelter for them on humane grounds. So, the government of Myanmar must have to take back their own people.”

AL Advisory Council Member, and Forest and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Prof Dr Khondkar Bazlul Haque presided over the function, while Architect Iqbal Habib presented the keynote paper at the seminar.

In his keynote paper, Iqbal Habib said: “The influx of Rohingyas currently causes, and will continue to cause a critical impact on forest land in Teknaf, and Ukhiya ranges. This is an adverse impact, high in magnitude on large geographical areas, which will be irreversible if not properly mitigated." 

Former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman, senior journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, former chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and environmentalist Prof Nazrul Islam, and security analyst Major General (retd) Mohammad Ali Shikder were present at the seminar.