Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said at least 100,000 Rohingyas will be sent back to Myanmar within January 22.
Obaidul said: “100,000 Rohingyas will be sent back to Myanmar within January 22, and the government has already taken preparation for it.
“Even a joint working group has been formed in this regard, and the group will hand over the list of 100,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar government today [Friday].
He made the statement while talking to the reporters after distributing relief among the displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar on Friday.
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The minister distributed relief among the Rohingyas living in Balukhali and Kutupalong Rohingya camps.
He said a total of 1,200,000 Rohingyas, including the ones who had entered Bangladesh before this year’s influx, are currently living in the country.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been giving humanitarian support to the Rohingyas, and she has been praised for this by the international community,” Obaidul said adding that they hope the Rohingyas will be able to return to Myanmar with respect.
The minister said: “The government is working to send back the Rohingyas soon.
“The joint working group is also working for the repatriation with the help of different international communities, including the United Nations.”
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Indicating BNP, Obaidul said: “The election will not wait for anyone. It will be held as per its schedule.
“It is not up to us to see who participates in it, and who does not.”
Former Industries Minister Dilip Barua, Awami League Deputy Office Secretary Barrister Biplob Barua, and local MPs, among the others, were present at that time.
At least 655,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh fleeing the violence which erupted in Myanmar on August 25.