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'Most provisions of CHT Peace Accord implemented'

  • Published at 12:33 am December 2nd, 2019
Chittagong Hil Tracts
Photo shows indigenous women at the Chitagong Hill Tracts Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Noting that the main problems of the CHT areas are power struggles to establish supremacy, grabbing land, conflicts over land, extortion, the use of firearms, and internal conflicts, the state minister said

State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan said most provisions of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord have been implemented and the rest will also be implemented gradually.

“The implementation of the peace accord is an ongoing process. The government gives priority to the people of the CHT areas and values them. There is no dearth in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s sincerity with regard to implementing the treaty. She has taken every initiative to implement the accord,” he said.

The state minister was addressing a roundtable discussion, ‘CHT Peace Accord: Expectations of CHT People, Achievements, Challenges and Responsibility,’ organized by Bangla daily Bhorer Kagoj at the National Press Club on Saturday.

The state minister was addresses a roundtable discussion, ‘CHT Peace Accord: Expectations of CHT People, Achievements, Challenges and Responsibility,’ organized by Bangla daily Bhorer Kagoj at the National Press Club on Saturday, December 1, 2019 | PID

Noting that the main problems of the CHT areas are power struggles to establish supremacy, grabbing land, conflicts over land, extortion, the use of firearms, and internal conflicts, the state minister said.

He urged local public representatives and responsible people to come forward to resolve these problems.

“Our identity is that we are Bangladeshi… there is nothing in the name of minority or indigenous. Some names might have been used on a regional basis. But those names have been used to include them with the mainstream of society as they are disadvantaged people,” he added.

They are not of any separate identity but Bengali, he said, adding that there is no scope to talk over the definition of (Bengali).